Laura Bush's Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups 3 sticks butter, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 cups quick oats, not old-fashioned 2 cups chopped walnuts 3 cups, 1 1/2 packages, 8 oz. each chocolate chunks 2 cups coarsely chopped dried sour cherries Heat oven to 350 degrees. With electric mixer cream butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats. Slowly beat until blended. Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheets covered with parchment paper.


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