Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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Chocolate Cherry Cookies
~adapted from Gourmet 2003~
Makes approximately 24 cookies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in eggs and almond extract until combined.  Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Stir in dried cherries.

Drop level tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets and bake in batches in middle of oven until puffed and set, about 12 minutes.  Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

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