Chocolate Cherry Chewies

Makes these Chocolate Cherry Chewies on Valentines Day for a yummy surprise!

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces

2 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained, patted dry

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, set aside.

In a 2 quart saucepan, heat butter and 1 cup chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from heat, stir in sugar. Pour into a large bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time until blended. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the cherries. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Shape dough into 60, 1 1/4 inch balls. Lightly butter hands if dough is sticky. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets, flatten each ball to 1 1/2 inch circle.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes, remove from baking sheets to wire cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips uncovered on high 30-60 seconds, stirring halfway through, until chips are smooth. Spoon into a resealable food storage bag, partially seal bag. Cut small tip from corner of bag, drizzle chocolate over tops of cookies. Let stand about 2 hours or until chocolate is set. Store covered in airtight container.

Makes 60 cookies



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