Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Triple Chocolate-Cherry Cookies



No need to drop everything to make a batch of cookies. You can mix and bake four dozen of these in 1 hour


Ingredients


1 cup butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups white vanilla baking chips (from 12-oz package)
3/4 cup maraschino cherries without stems, coarsely chopped, well-drained
1 teaspoon oil
24 maraschino cherries, drained, each cut in half


Directions

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate, vanilla and eggs.

2 On low speed, beat in flour, cocoa and baking soda until mixed. Fold in 1 cup of the vanilla baking chips and the cherries. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

3 Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, place remaining vanilla baking chips and oil. Microwave on High 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each time, until melted and smooth. Spoon drop of mixture in center of each cookie; top each with cherry half. Drizzle remaining mixture over cookies