I've come to love these pantry cleaner types of cookies. They're always good in a pinch, when the urge (or necessity) to bake strikes with limited time and supplies. Just pull out whatever you have, throw it in the mix, and reap the deliciousness that will come forth from your oven in a short amount of time.
The most wonderful part of these cookies is that they're very flexible. No cherries? Try cranberries. Throw in some crushed candy cane bits and use peppermint extract instead. Perfect for the season! Make them festive with red and green M&Ms. Or leave out the extras entirely, and just have the perfect chocolatey chocolate cookie. You can't go wrong. Just be sure to serve them with a big glass of milk because these cookies and milk are total BFFs.
Chocolate Cherry Cookies
From The Columbus Dispatch Special Holiday Cookie Section, Dec 1, 2011 Pg 6
Makes 1 1/2 dozen
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cherry extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and cherry extracts, blending to combine. Add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and dried cherries by hand. (Dough will be sticky and thick.)
4. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, spoon a heaping tablespoon of dough onto prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating pans halfway through, until cookies have lost their shine, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.