Cherry-chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

 These cookies have been a tremendous hit with friends and neighbors and are really delicious. They are from Bon Appétit, February, 1998 Click on the link for the original recipe

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 cup slivered almonds
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. ½ teaspoon. baking soda
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup + 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp.
  6. ½ cup sugar
  7. ½ cup dark brown sugar
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  10. ½ tsp. almond extract
  11. 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  12. 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  13. 1 cup dried tart cherries

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper 

  1. Use a small heavy skillet, over low heat to toast the almonds for about 5 minutes.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt onto a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, measure out the oats, the chocolate chips, and the cherries. Add the cooled almonds and set aside.
  4. Beat the butter and sugars with an electric beater until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and egg.  Beat to blend scrapping the sides of the bowl.
  6. Add the flour mixture and mix to blend.
  7. Stir in the reserved oats, chocolate chips, cherries, and almonds.
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or so until the cookies are golden and seem set.

Yield:  2 dozen+ 3 inch cookies

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