I think of these as Christmas cookies, because I made them a few times as part of a holiday baking session with my friend Dana. The recipe is her mother's, with a couple of minor tweaks I've made. They are sort of a jazzed up oatmeal cookie, with dried cherries in place of the raisins, and slivered almonds and almond extract in there with the chocolate.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter at room temperature (I love to bake with kerrygold)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries (I like the tart ones best in this recipe)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Mix in the egg and both extracts. Slowly add the flour mixture, until fully incorporated. By hand, mix in the oats, cherries and chocolate.
Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, placed 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, switch sheets (alternate top/bottom and back/front) and bake for 6 more minutes. Cool on a rack.
Yield: about 2 dozen