Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

A bag of dried tart cherries, a gift from my sister, was tempting me in the cabinet. I hadn’t baked anything to bring to work in ages, so I decided to try these oatmeal cherry cookies. They taste similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, with a chewier texture and slight twist of flavor. The bottoms browned a little too quickly, but I think that is probably due to my oven and the fact that I used the same cookie sheet for each batch. Here they are, cooling on the rack:

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
2 cups quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 1/2 c. dried tart cherries
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Put butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture. Stir in oats, cherries and chocolate chips; mix well. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack to cool completely.


4 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

  1. My kids will go crazy for these cookies. With the impending snow day tomorrow, I think I’ll pick up a bag of dried cherries today — side by side with the blue hairs who are scrambling for milk, bread and eggs!!!


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