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Makes about 4 dozen.


    • 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
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
    • 2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
    • 1½ 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.

    Nutrition Information per serving:
    Calories 146
    Calories from Fat 55
    Total Fat 6.2 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 84 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Sugar 9 g
    Protein 2 g
    Vitamin A 81 RE
    Vitamin C 3 mg
    Calcium 28 mg
    Iron .7 mg

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute 
dessert oatmeal cookies


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