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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

We run a cherry orchard, so I'm always dreaming up new cherry recipes. These cookies are among of my family's favorites.—Pamela Alexander, Prosser, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a small bowl, soak cherries in hot water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange zest and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries with liquid.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 286 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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