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Perfect Oatmeal Cookies With Cherries, White Chocolate and Pecans

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

You can substitute cherry-flavored dried cranberries or other dried fruit for the dried cherries. You can also substitute other nuts for the pecans. And clearly you can substitute bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate for the white chocolate.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

2 large eggs

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

14 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

1 cup each: coarsely chopped dried cherries, coarsely chopped pecans and white chocolate chips (or small chunks cut from a 6-ounce bar)

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and oatmeal in a medium bowl. Beat eggs, salt and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix butter, oil and sugars in a large bowl. Stir in egg mixture until smooth. Stir in flour mix, then cranberries, pecans and chocolate.

Use a 1 1/2-ounce (3 tablespoon) spring-action ice-cream scoop, form 8 rounded dough balls onto a large parchment- or silpat-lined cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool to room temperature. Repeat baking process with remaining dough. (Cookie can be stored in a tin up to five days or frozen up to a month.)

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