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!
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.
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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints
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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