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Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints
As 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.
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Serves: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
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1 package (12-oz.) NESTLÉ ® TOLL HOUSE ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
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 jars (10-oz. ea) maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.

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.

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.

SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Press deep centers with thumb. Place maraschino cherry into each center.

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.

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