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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 don’t do it for me anymore; homemade is always better! We spruced these cookies up with our Spring Honey, but you can try using darker, richer honey if you’d like. Another preference at the Honey House is our Avocado Honey which tastes like molasses and offers a rich earthier note that adds a unique flavor to this oatmeal cookie recipe.

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 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!

breaking an oatmeal cookie
Chewy, gooey, fresh-baked oatmeal cookie

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

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).

adding wet ingredients to dry ingredients

Step Three: Combine Wet Ingredients

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

Step Four: Prepare the dried fruit and nuts.

Finely chop the nuts, put them in a paper or plastic bag, and with the handle end of a heavy butter knife bang and bang until the nuts are very finely chopped. To cut the dried fruit into cubes, use a very sharp knife. 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 smaller pieces in the cookies.

Sidebar: You can also substitute chocolate chips for dried fruit or your favorite nuts over walnuts.

combining oatmeal and cookie dough

Step Five: Add the Wet and Dry Ingredients

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

rolled oatmeal cookies

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.

oatmeal cookies out the oven

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 on a plate

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 freeze the dough for faster baking down the road. I always make a big batch of these and share them with friends. They are perfect in the fall with a warm cup of tea or coffee. You’ll feel cozy in no time!

breaking an oatmeal cookie

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 the cookies have 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 making this recipe, share a snapshot with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Oatmeal Cookies with mug of coffee
breaking an oatmeal cookie

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.

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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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1 thought on “Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Fruit”

  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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