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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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.