My parents are coming down to visit this coming week so I decided to start doing some baking in preparation for their arrival. My dad always keeps bags of dried cherries in his pantry for snacking on, so I think he will enjoy these chewy cookies.
CHOCOLATE CHUNK OATMEAL COOKIES WITH PECANS AND DRIED CHERRIES
From Hannah's Kitchen
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1 cup (5 ounces) dried cherries, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, shortening, brown sugar, and sugar at medium speed for about a minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla; beat until fully incorporated. Beat in flour mixture on low speed just until combined. Then add oats, pecans, cherries, and chocolate, beating until just incorporated.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until edges have begun to set. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.