Oatmeal cookies, an all-American favorite, get an extra boost of flavor from chocolate chips and dried cherries. In addition to tasting great, the chocolate and cherries are good for you! Dark chocolate promotes heart health, lowers blood pressure, and improves blood flow. And sweet tart dried cherries are bursting with antioxidants. What a great bonus! Just remember to enjoy them in moderation.
Put butter, oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit it with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase speed to high. Keep mixing on high speed until it looks light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. This is called "creaming." While you are creaming the butter and sugars, stop the mixer two or three times to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
With the motor running on low speed, add the egg and vanilla. Increase the speed to medium, and beat until evenly mixed. When the ingredients are mixed together well, reduce speed to low, and carefully add 1/3 of the flour mixture. When flour is mixed into dough, carefully add another 1/3 of the flour. Continue mixing on low speed to combine. Add the rest of the flour, and mix together well. Turn off the motor, and add the oats, chocolate chips, and dried cherries. Mix on low speed just to combine.
Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie. Put them on the parchment paper, spacing them about 2-inches apart. Bake cookies in preheated oven until edges are just beginning to brown, about 12- 15 minutes. (Note: Only edges will be beginning to brown - the rest of the cookie will still be pale.) Carefully remove cookies from oven. Let cool on a cooling rack.
Yields: 2 dozen cookies
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