I left out the walnuts because I'm allergic. These cookies were easy to make, but I might put less sugar in next time. Between the sugar, cherries and the chocolate it was a bit too much for me. But, I'll still eat them!
I made this cookie for years but recently lost the recipe. Thanks for posting. Folks who try it WILL NOT regret it and, you're right, it is very flexible. I often make it with dried cranberries and have even resorted to raisins.