Cherry-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Bon Appetit February 2008

Here's a real treat for the lunch box. Adding dired cherries and chocolate chips turns classic oatmeal cookies into something new.
Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. Position racks in center and top third of oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.

  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into medium bowl.

  4. Using electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended.

  5. Mix in egg and both extracts.

  6. Beat in flour mixture.

  7. Mix in oats, then chocolate chips, cherries and almonds.

  8. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto bking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

  9. Bake cookies 12 minutes.

  10. Switch and rotate baking sheets.

  11. Bake cookies until golden, about 6 minutes longer.

  12. Cool cookies on baking sheets (cookies will firm as they cool).

Note: Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.