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Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup dried tart or sweet cherries, chopped
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brwon sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tbs. freshly grated orange rind
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups rolled oats
4 tbs. hot water

Soak dried cherries in 1/2 cup hot water for 10 minutes. Drain
well. Cream shortening with the granulated sugar and brown sugar
until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and orange rind
until combined well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and
cinnamon. Blend well. Combine the rolled oats and 4 tbs. hot water.
Stir cherries and oats into batter. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls
onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350F oven
for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are golden.

Yields 36 cookies.


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Cherry, orange, vanilla, cinnamon blend wonderfully, March 8, 2004 - 06:30 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from China, MI
I loved them. My husband loved them and I think my friends will too...

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