Makes 24 large cookies
Make ahead: The dough needs to be refrigerated overnight or up to three days. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week or frozen for up to three months.
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick-cooking oats)
3 cups flour
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1¾ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1¾ cups packed light brown sugar
1¼ cups sugar
3 large eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
3½ cups (16 to 17 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chunks (do not use chips)
1¼ cups (7 ounces) dried tart cherries
Coarse sea salt
1. Grind the oats in a food processor to the consistency of a fine oat flour.
2. Sift the all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in the ground oats and salt.
3. Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer on low, then medium speed for about three minutes, until lightened and fluffy. Stop to scrape down the bowl.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract. Stop to scrape down the bowl.
5. On low speed, gradually add the oat-flour mixture to form a sticky, soft dough. Fold in the chocolate and cherries by hand until evenly distributed. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions, rolling each one into a ball. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to three days.
6. Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
7. Arrange some of the balls on the baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Use your hand to slightly flatten the balls. Sprinkle each disk with 1
8 to ¼ teaspoon of the coarse sea salt (to taste). Bake on the upper and lower racks for seven to eight minutes, then rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back. Bake for eight to nine minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Cool on the baking sheets for five minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
8. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Nutritional information per cookie: 410 calories, 4 g protein, 57 g carbohydrates, 20 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 38 g sugar
Adapted by The Washington Post from “The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book: Scrumptious Recipes & Fabled History From Toll House to Cookie Cake Pie,” by Carolyn Wyman (Countryman Press, 2013).