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Oatmeal Tart Cherry Cookies

This favorite cookie recipe gets a new taste with dried cherries.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1-1/2 cups dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Put margarine, 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, baking powder and salt, if desired; add to egg mixture. Stir in oats, cherries and chocolate chips; mix well. Drop by 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. Store in a tightly covered container.  Makes about 4 dozen.
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