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Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

Chocolate-Cherry ThumbprintsAs pretty as they are delicious, you add your mark to these chocolate cookies by indenting them with your thumb and placing a cherry on top.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (12-ounce) package NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels - divided use
1 3/4 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, (optional)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (10-ounce) jars maraschino cherries, drained and blotted dry

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Microwave 1 cup morsels in small, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Combine oats, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Stir in oat mixture. Cover; refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; press thumb into tops to make deep depression. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Fill each depression with maraschino cherry.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Melt remaining morsels; drizzle over cookies.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Nutritonal Information Per Serving (1/48 of recipe): Calories: 124 Calories from Fat: 48 Total Fat: 5.3 g Saturated Fat: 2.8 g Cholesterol: 16 mg Sodium: 51 mg Carbohydrates: 18.1 g Dietary Fiber: .9 g Sugars: 6.6 g Protein: 1.8 g.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and, used with permission.