I love oatmeal cookies. They are so soft and chewy. It is also fun to add different fill-ins to make an ordinary cookie extraordinary! Today I was inspired by the dried cherries that I had in my cabinet. I decided to add them into the cookies to add a tart flavor, along with some chocolate chips.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Inspired by Quaker Oats
Makes about 3 Dozen
1 1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
Heat oven to 375°F.
In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add oats, cherries and chocolate chips; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.