Giovanna Ryan’s Oatmeal and Cherry Cookies

Chef Giovanna Ryan shares some recipes with a twist on popular lockdown dishes incorporating fresh and juicy cherries. Not only are these recipes absolutely delicious but cherries provide many health benefits to keep you fit and well and keep meals fresh and exciting.


Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, flour, pecans, salt, cinnamon and bicarb) in a mixing bowl.
Beat butter and sugar or honey in a stand mixer until well-combined. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
Fold in the dry ingredients and mix well, then fold in the cherry pieces. Leave to rest for at least an hour at room temperature to allow the oats to hydrate.
Line two baking sheets with baking paper and spoon out around 60g balls of the dough onto the sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, less if you want them softer. Transfer to a cooling rack.

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300g porridge oats
120g plain flour
Around 80g pecans, roughly chopped
Pinch salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
160g butter at room temperature
150g soft brown sugar or 100ml honey (if you want to lower the sugar content)
1 large egg
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200g fresh cherries, pitted and cut into quarters