Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

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This year, I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap - I wanted to participate last year, but didn't find out about it until it was too late. I was so awed by all the yummy looking cookies I saw last year - and this year didn't disappoint either! 

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I wanted to make an impressive but easy cookie for my swap - and I knew right away that I wanted to use a recipe I found in one of my Gramma's cookbooks. These Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints were perfect! I hope my recipients thought so as well! :) My kiddos wanted to eat all of the cherries, and I had to keep telling them they were for the cookies .... Luckily, they let them be until I was done baking - and then they promptly requested the rest! 
You can see what I received in the mail from Kat at I Want Crazy and from Val at A Scrumptious Life ..... I haven't received my 3rd batch of cookies yet! :( I sent cookies to Chelsea at Whatcha Makin' Now, Tracy at Pale Yellow and Sarah at Punctuated. With Food.
If you're interested in receiving notifications about next year's cookie swap, be sure to sign up for the announcements!

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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints
Printable Recipe
Yield: about 4 dozen cookies

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1¾ cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
⅔ cup (10⅔ tbsp. or 1 stick plus 2⅔ tbsp.) butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups ( two 10-oz. jars) maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry

Microwave 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave in additional 10-20 second increments, stirring until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate. Stir in the oat mixture. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2-inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Press deep centers into each cookie using your thumb. Place a cherry into each center.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Melt the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips as mentioned above. Drizzle the chocolate over the cooled cookies.

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You can find ALL of the cookies from The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap at Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen

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I hope you enjoy! Shared at these fun parties!

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17 comments:

  1. Jamie, these cookies looks delicious! I love chocolate and cherries so glad you shared your grandmom's recipe with us! Pinning and sharing! Hope you are having a great week and have a happy Wednesday!

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  2. WOW oh WOW! Beautiful cookies and I bet they taste great!

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  3. Looks good! So does the chocolate drops!

    Andrea

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  4. Oh my goodness, those look phenomenal!

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  5. YUM!! I may have to bake a batch of these to send to my mom-in-law for her birthday. She loves chocolate covered cherries!

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  6. Seriously, these cookies were amazing! SOO happy I have the recipe so I can make them again. Thanks again! :)

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  7. I love your Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints, perfect for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  8. I just heard about the swap - I can't forget about it next year! It seems pretty cool. I've actually never had cherry cookies of any variety, but I love cherry cordials and definitely need to bake some soon!

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  9. Jamie - these thumbprints look AMAZING!! Pinning now to my cookies board, yum!!!

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  10. G'day Jamie! LOVE thumbprint cookies, true!
    GREAT photo! I could go for one of these right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Christmas Cookie Exchange
    @mickeydownunder

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  11. These are so pretty! I think I may make them for the teachers at school. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  12. I love the cherry in the middle.. it looks like a Christmas light. Thanks as always for bringing your recipe by foodie friday.

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  13. These look delicious Jamie. One of my dad's favorite christmas time treats is chocolate covered cherries, so I know he would love these. Pinned to my Christmas Treats board!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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  14. Hi Jamie,
    These look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  15. Thank you for sharing this great recipe at The Pin Junkie! It was featured in this week’s holiday dessert roundup. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/12/christmas-dessert-recipes.html Please stop by to grab a featured button and be sure to join the party tonight at 7:00 MST to share your best projects and another chance to be featured on The Pin Junkie! Wishing you very happy holidays!

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  16. Hi Jamie!

    I featured your recipe for this week's Tasty Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and stop by to linkup this week!
    http://www.mrsthreeinthree.com

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