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Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries and Sea Salt

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • ½ cup coconut oil in solid form
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour I like Bob’s Red Mill Organic
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons sea salt divided
  • cups rolled oats
  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate 1 bar, chopped (you can also use dark chocolate chips if you prefer)
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup pecans chopped (optional)


  • Add the coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract and egg to a large mixing bowl. Cream them together until smooth. If you have a stand mixer (fan-cay!), you may use it. You can also use an electric hand mixer, or a regular old whisk. Just make sure that you get the mixture as smooth as possible. You may notice there are some lumps of coconut oil. I recommend using a spatula to smoosh them. (I know that “smoosh” is not proper culinary terminology, but you know what I mean.)
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the coconut oil/sugar mixture until just combined. Add the oats, chocolate chunks, cherries and pecans (if using) and mix until well incorporated.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and pop it in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. Yes, you can skip this step, but your cookies will end up slightly less thick, and that’s on you.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silpats.
  • When the dough is cold, scoop tablespoon sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets 2-inches apart. Sprinkle each ball with a few flakes of the remaining sea salt.
  • Bake your cookies for 13-15 minutes (the exact cooking time will vary slightly depending on your oven and how cold your cookie dough is when it goes in) until they are slightly golden. Remove them from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.