Saturday, February 09, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A favorite cookie in our house is Cherry Chocolate Chunk. This Martha Stewart recipe has long held a prized place as a winter cookie-- the combination of chocolate, dried cherries, toffee, and oats makes for a fabulous treat. For years I would buy toffee pieces from the store, something which I always cringed at- as store bought toffee often is made of high fructose corn syrup or other chemically processed ingredients. Over the holidays we were visiting friends who had a fresh batch of homemade toffee- I had no idea how easy it is to make! So, on this cloudy drab day, we made a batch of microwave toffee- one stick of butter, half a cup of sugar, half a tsp. of salt, and a quarter cup of water, microwave for about 9 minutes until it has a light brown color, pour onto a baking sheet, and allow to cool. Fantastic. From there we made cookies- Valentines week perfection!

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