Cherry Oatmeal Dreams

(These are a sacred tradition in my family so act accordingly)

Preheat oven 350°

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups quick rolled oats
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or Crisco
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tbl maraschino cherry liquid
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chopped cherries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Sift flour, baking soda and salt together, add oats and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar. Add cherry liquid and vanilla, blend. Add eggs and mix again. Stir in dry ingredients, cherry pieces and nuts.

Shape dough into ½ inch balls and roll in oats. Place ball onto ungreased cookie sheet and gently smush a cherry half on top, so it sinks in a bit. Bake 10-12 minutes in 350° oven.

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