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Cookie recipe

Photo of Cynthia McKinley with her white chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

1 cup dried cherries or cranberries

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees; process oats in a food processor to a fine powder. Combine oatmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

2. Beat together butter and sugars in bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until combined; beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add dry ingredients, about 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in chips, walnuts and dried cherries.

3. Drop by tablespoons on greased baking sheets. Bake in batches until golden, about 10-12 minutes, rotating baking sheet after 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool.

Cranberry-swirled white chocolate cheesecake bars

Prep: 30 minutes.

Cook: 55 minutes.

Setting time: 1 hour.

Chilling time: 2 hours.

Makes: 32 bars.

This recipe earned Elizabeth Holmes third place honors in the 2001 Holiday Cookie Contest.

Crust:

2 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

Cranberry swirl:

2 cups fresh or frozen, thawed cranberries

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