Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Fruit

Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite treats. When they’re right out of the oven, warm and soft, they’re divine. Store-bought cookies just don’t do it for me anymore; homemade is always better! We spruced up these cookies with our Spring Honey, but try using darker, richer honey if you’d like. To us at the Honey House, our Avocado Honey tastes like molasses. Rich and thick with earthier notes that could add depth and a unique flavor to oatmeal cookies.

These oatmeal cookies are delicious and really unique because they aren't dry or cakey. The are thinner and crispy.
Warm oatmeal cookies with dried fruit on a cooling rack

These oatmeal cookies are delicious; the recipe originated in Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet Cookbook. If you’re not up for using dried plums, you can always switch them out for other kinds of dried fruit, like cherries, raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots. Don’t be afraid to mix and match either! We hope you enjoy these tasty afternoon snacks as much as we do!

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies recipes are well worth any effort required to make them. We worked hard to make this oatmeal cookie recipe easy so you can enjoy both the process of making them and eating them! Go ahead and preheat the oven now to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step One: Gather all of your ingredients

You’ll need these ingredients: quick-cooking rolled oats, all-purpose flour, maple or coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, blackstrap molasses, your favorite dried fruit, and walnuts.

Step Two: Process the dry ingredients

Begin by mixing the dry ingredients. I do this with my hands. It makes clean-up easy and fast. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

Side note: For variety, replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, barley flour, spelt flour, or gluten-free baking mix (choose one that does not include baking soda and powder).

Step Three: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a separate small bowl, combine the honey, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Step Four: Prepare the dried fruit and nuts

Finely chop the nuts. I put them in a paper or plastic bag and with the handle end of a heavy butter knife, I bang and bang and bang until the nuts are very finely chopped. For the dried fruit, I use a very sharp knife and cut the dried fruit into cubes. I used a fast chop technique, it doesn’t matter if it’s perfectly sized or evenly sized, you just want the dried fruit to be in smaller pieces in the cookies.

Sidebar: You can also substitute chocolate chips for the dried fruit and any kind of nuts for the walnuts.

Step Five: Add the Wet and Dry Ingredients

Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the dried plums and nuts. Don’t over-mix.

Step Six: Make & Shape the cookies

Using your hands, roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops.

Step Seven: Bake!

The final step is also an important one! Bake the cookies. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

Oatmeal Cookies with mug of coffee

Tips for the best cookies

When baking with honey, slightly lower the temperature of your oven. Honey will burn faster than cane sugar, so be mindful of that. If you don’t have parchment paper, lightly coat your baking sheet with coconut oil.

Keep your cookies fresh in an airtight container, or even freeze the dough for faster baking down the road. I always make a big batch of these and like to share them with friends. They are especially good in the fall with a warm cup of tea or coffee. You’ll feel cozy in no time!

Have fun with our Oatmeal Cookies

One of the joys of baking is making the recipe your own. Don’t like dried fruit? Leave it out! Want more walnuts? Add them in! The possibilities are endless. Here are some of our favorite suggestions:

  • Using pecans instead of walnuts sometimes changes the flavor a bit on this cookie
  • Also, drizzle the cookies with our Cashew Cream Icing after cooled
  • Add orange zest to the batter for a touch of citrus
  • Try adding in fresh blueberries
  • Have a sweet tooth? Add semi-sweet, organic cacao nibs for a chocolatey surprise

If you decide to try these fantastic recipes, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Oatmeal Cookies with mug of coffee

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Fruit

Course: Breakfast, cookie, Dessert, oatmeal
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 211kcal
These Oatmeal Cookies with Honey and Dried Fruit are also a great gift for the vegetarian in your life. So easy to make with very little guilt to eat. No butter here!

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Ingredients

  • 1 c oats quick cooking rolled
  • 3/4 c all-purpose flour unbleached
  • 1/3 c maple sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt fine
  • 1/3 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/2 c coconut oil gently melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses blackstrap
  • 1/4 c dried plums chopped, or other dried fruit
  • 1/4 c walnuts finely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl combine the honey, oil, vanilla extract and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the dried plums and nuts.
  • Using your hands, roll tablespoon size scoops of dough into balls.
  • Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.
  • For variety, replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour, barley flour, spelt flour, or gluten-free baking mix (choose on that does not include baking soda and powder). You can also substitute chocolate chips for the dried fruit and any kind of nuts for the walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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kara

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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  1. When I first learned of this recipe I didn’t think that these cookies would be as delicious as they are. I whip these up quite often for a quick dessert that impresses everyone. I have served them with dairy-free ice cream as an ice cream sandwich. So easy and quick and delicious.

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