Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries

½ cup (1 stick), plus 6 tablespoonsButter, softened
¾ cup Firmly packed brown sugar
½ cupGranulated sugar
1 teaspoonVanilla
1 ½ cupsAll-purpose flour
1 teaspoonBaking soda
1 teaspoonGround cinnamon
½ teaspoonSalt (optional)
3 cups Old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
1 cupC. J. Olson's Dried Bing Cherries
1 cupChopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350F.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.

Add oats and cherries; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

To make Bar Cookies, press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 bars.

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