Cream together butter, cinnamon, cardamom, bicarbonate of soda and dark brown soft sugar. Mix in apple sauce. Gradually blend in flour and then the oats. Stir in dried cherries and cranberries. Let dough rest for 1 hour.
Drop the heaped teaspoons of the batter onto ungreased baking trays.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack.