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Friday, November 03, 2006

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1-1/2 c. (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. light-brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 c. flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 c. quick oats (not old fashioned)
2 c. chopped walnuts
1-1/2 pkgs (8 oz each) chocolate chunks (3 cups)
2 cups coarsely chopped dried, sour cherries (optional)

Heat oven to 350. With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended. Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries. Drop by tablespoons-fuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 8 dozen cookies!

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