Valentine’s Chocolate Cherry Cookies

February 14 is around the corner and if your children take lunches to school (or work, if older) this would make a wonderful addition to find.  All you need, that I don’t have a recipe for is to cut out a red heart or two and put a message on it. You might even make a baggie-sleeve, place a heart-tag on it and ask them to share.

  • 3  1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 sticks room temperature butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (good quality)
  • 2  1/2 cups coarsely chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • 1  1/2 cups dried cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. In your electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well after each one. Beat in the vanilla and then slowly add the flour mixture. Beat in the chocolate and cherries.

Roll the dough to make 1  3/4 inch balls (3 tbsp. each one) and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 12-14 minutes until the edges start to turn golden. Remove from the oven and place the cookie sheets on racks to cool for about 10 minutes and then remove the cookies to cool completely on the racks.

What a ‘sweet’ way to tell those you love just how special they are. Am I right?


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