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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

 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
21 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

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 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure 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 (6 ounces) 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 peel 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

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 286 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.