Triple Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

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Triple Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Serves: 8 dozen

Ingredients
  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 24 oz. white vanilla baking chips
  • 1½ cup maraschino cherries without stems, coarsely chopped, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 48 maraschino cherries drained, each cut in half
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 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 7 to 10 minutes or until set. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
  4. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. 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 melting and smooth. Spoon drop of mixture in center of each cookie; top each with cherry half. Drizzle remaining mixture over cookies.

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