Celebrate National Cherry Day by Making Disney’s Riviera Cookies

Here’s the recipe for the fan-favorite treat from Disney’s Riviera Resort in Orlando
A bunch of cherries
These sweet cherries are more likely to be found in pies and cobblers. Pixabay

Fruit fans, did you know July 16 is National Cherry Day? We have a special recipe to share for those of you who are fans of Disney’s Riviera Signature Cookie, which is made with dried cherries.

But first, why is there even a National Cherry Day? National Cherry Day was actually established as a way to raise awareness of Britain’s cherries. (Sorry, Americans, it’s not to honor George Washington and that cherry tree incident.) It turns out that during the 20th century, Britain lost 90% of its cherry orchards. Following the two world wars of the century, cherry orchards were replanted to provide more crops to feed the people.

Your next question is obviously “Which variety of cherry is best?” That depends on what you want from your cheery. The Bing cherry is the sweet fruit that you likely enjoy in pies and other desserts. But tart cherries are richer in antioxidant compounds, which help reduce body inflammation.

To celebrate National Cherry Day, Disney Parks Blog has released its Riviera Signature Cookie from Primo Piatto at Disney’s Riviera Resort. It’s not a recipe for beginning bakers, so take your time and follow each step carefully.


Primo Piatto, Disney’s Riviera Resort
Makes 18-24 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cup oats, ground
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, ground
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt flakes, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or
    parchment paper; set aside.
  • Sift flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
    Stir in ground oats and ground chocolate chips; set aside.
  • Cream butter, both sugars, and molasses in the bowl of an electric mixer
    fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and beat on low speed until fully incorporated.
  • Add vanilla and beat, scraping the bowl as needed, for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/3 of flour mixture and beat on low speed until just mixed. Continue
    with remaining flour. Add walnuts, pistachios, dried cherries, and mini
    chocolate chips and mix on low speed until fully incorporated into dough.
  • Place six (1/4 cup) balls of dough on baking sheet. Flatten slightly and
    top with desired amount of sea salt flakes.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before moving to wire racks.
    Repeat with remaining dough.

Cook’s Note: For a thinner, crispier cookie, preheat oven to 375°F and bake for 7 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake 3 additional minutes.

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