Total Calories: 3,170
* "Stack 6 cookies, with a paper doily between each, on top of each other. Wrap with colored plastic wrap and tie top with ribbon." In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda set aside.
In a large mixer bowl at medium speed, beat sugar, brown sugar, shortening, and butter until well blended. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until well blended. At low speed, beat in flour mixture until well blended. Beat in oats, chips, cherries, and almonds. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375°. Generously grease baking sheets. Place scant 1/4 -cupfuls of dough 4 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten dough slightly with the floured back of a spoon. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to bake.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool.
Store in an airtight container.