Friday, August 7, 2009

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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I have been a bad blogger, a very bad blogger!  I have not posted since the end of July.  I really have no real excuse other then the fact that I have been pretty busy with a new job and then just being a little lazy and hanging out with the kids.

But get ready.  I am back and raring to go.  I have my Mom here visiting me next week from Toronto so I am sure we will be cooking up a storm!

I have to clean my house and work so I am going to leave you with my guilty pleasure from yesterday…

I adapted these from the original Toll House Chocolate Chip recipe by adding some cocoa powder and dried cherries.  I still have 1/2 of the dough in my fridge (I have realized that 5 doz. cookies around are not such a good thing so I always save some in the fridge to make when the first couple of dozen are gone) and I think I am going to add some pecans to them.

These were wonderful and chock full of chocolate and cherries.  Great for an afternoon snack and equally as good for a quick breakfast (shhh…don’t tell the kids!)

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Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies (adapted from the Nestle website)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi sweet chocolate chunks and chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries (rehydrated slightly in some hot water)

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in cherries and morsels and cherries. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

As Always…

Happy Entertaining!!!

Judy
www.nofearentertaining.com

16 comments:

kellypea said...

Mmm...love the choco-cherry combo. I'm thinking the dough in the fridge would be dangerous around here. Who needs baking? ; ) Have a great weekend!

Jeff said...

I still have a couple pounds of cherries from the failed nutella ice cream experience and I never thought hey I could just dry them out.

Cookies are always the perfect breakfast food too. Oh btw I would just devour the cookie dough straight because I don't need no stinking oven.

♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ said...

I ♥ these...ABSOLUTELY!! Now if you can talk Jeff into sharing a few pounds of cherries with moi, then I'll be all set!! Glad you are back & baking! have fun with your MOM!! xoxoxo...& ♥♥♥

Lisa said...

Chocolate and cherries are great together.

RecipeGirl said...

Nummy! Cherry cookies sound wonderful! Have fun w/ Mom :)

Patsyk said...

Oh, I love that combination! will have to give that a try next time I make the tollhouse recipe! Enjoy your time w/your mom next week!

Coach J said...

Mmmm... I'm totally sold on the whole chocolate-cherry thing. Sounds scrumptious!

Finsmom said...

Mmmm! I love chocolate and cherry together!
Glad to see you back!

Ben said...

We all need a break now and then from blogging, especially when the weather is perfect to be lazy and sleep all day with your cats, LOL.

I want cookies now :D

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

what a great way to use cherries! these cookies look so scrumptious... i can use some now!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Can't wait to see what you and your mom cook up! :)

Those cookies do look like good breakfast material. Break 'em up , throw 'em in some milk and call it cereal! LOL!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look great! Ccc's with dried cherries are always good!

emily said...

I have been a bad blogger, and bad blog reader! Congrats on the new job! These cookies look great and there are cherries in there so at least you got your fruit in for breakfast right? Best, Emily (justeatfood)

Dharm said...

Sounds like a great combination! The cookies certainly look lovely. Wish I could pop over and eat some...

A Year on the Grill said...

I love your blog, great ideas, and lots of photos. very easy to follow directions. Perfect. I also do a lot of entertaining, so i have bookmarked you to see what you come up with next...First time poster, Thanks for all the effort

Dave

Elle said...

A girl after my own heart, Judy! Cherry chocolate is one of my favorite combos, ever!