For the past four election cycles, Family Circle (warning, their site is
not mozilla/netscape compatible) has run a contest/election which
determines the best cookie recipe submitted by each candidates wife (or
more honestly, the staff of each candidates wife.. I mean really, do you
think that either Teresa Heinz-Kerry or Laura Bush is in the kitchen,
thinking "Hmmm.. this needs walnuts. more walnuts!").

So here's Laura Bush's submission. Something called Oatmeal-Chocolate
Chunk Cookies.

3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cups light-brown sugar
2 medium eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips)
1 cup coarsely chopped dried sour cherries

Heat oven to 3500. With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars. Beat
in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder,
salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended. Stir in walnuts,
chocolate and cherries. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered
with parchment paper. Bake at 3500 for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden
brown. Makes about 4 dozen.



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