Oatmeal Cherry Cookies


1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups oats (uncooked)

1-1/2 cups Monties dried tart cherries

1 cup vanilla or chocolate chips

Directions (makes about 4 dozen cookies)
Put margarine, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Stir in oats cherries and chocolate chips; mix well.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container.