Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Monday- 2200yd swim I felt good in the pool.  Yay!  High Five!
Tuesday- 4mile run (36min) I hooked up with Jodee this morning.  We swear we used to run fast but maybe it was a dream.  
It feels like I'm slogging back into running shape.  Slow and steady, slow and steady.  The speed will return.
I need you to say right.

Monday we all woke up with a chocolate hangover case of the Monday's.
It seems to be crazy season around here.  That time of year when spring sports start and end of school activities really pick up with all the concerts, plays, parties, tests, etc.
Things get a little dicey for me.
All these extra activities and such really keep me on my toes and I'm sure to drop a ball somewhere.
Ball drop #1. 
Seriously, how does one get so far behind on laundry?
I should be embarrassed.
Ball drop #2.
I found this ball of yeast dough in my refrigerator.  I totally forgot I had it in there.  A whole ball of delicious yeastyness waiting to be turned into something, anything.
It could have been real tragic but I found it in time.
Disaster is being diverted as I type.
Ball drop #3.
That's my cute little plumber in her soccer socks and cleats with the uncombed hair in her kindergarten play.
Proud mom.
Yes, it is only Tuesday and balls are bouncing around here like a racquetball court.
I made a killer Lego tunnel while I should have been folding laundry.
Didn't drop a ball there.
Lego building makes me sleepy and consequently aids in the ball dropping. 
Just had to throw that out there.
Let's talk cookies.  
I may be dropping balls left and right but cookies kinda make up for it right? 
I need you to say right.
I have been messing around with this basic cookie dough until I came up with a cookie that we all liked and was a bit different than your typical chocolate chip cookie.
I hope you like it.
You can order the tart dried cherries online if you can't seem to find them at the grocery stores.

Dark chocolate cherry cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups dark chocolate chips 
8oz about 1-1/2 cups dried tart cherries
3/4 cup chopped slivered almonds lightly toasted
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries, and almonds.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with two fingers. Bake at 350° for 11-12 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

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