Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

I love this cookie recipe. Dark chocolate and tart cherries how can it get any better? When I make these they don’t stay around for long. They are a little more labor intensive, with hand chopping the chocolate and the dried cherries, but hey if your gonna spend time making cookies make sure they are good. I always try to buy the best chocolate I can find, last time I made these I tried mixing bitter sweet chocolate and semi sweet chocolate. If you are like me and more of a fan of the really dark chocolate than the milk chocolate give it a try. Besides they have discovered that eating dark chocolate is good for your heart….NO BULL!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
scant teaspoon almond extract (teaspoon not quite full)
8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.
3. Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs, once at a time, blending well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and almond extracts. Blend in flour mixture, a little at a time, until it’s all incorporated. By hand, stir in cherries and chocolate pieces.
4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced at least two inches apart. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-13 minutes or until edges are starting to brown. Let cool on baking sheet for ten minutes then move to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: about four dozen cookies

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