From pies to cobblers to tarts, cherries can be used in a number of desserts that are sure to get your mouth watering. Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that there is an entire day dedicated to confections with cherries in mind. Today is National Cherry Dessert Day, so whether you prefer Dark Hudson Cherries, Bing Cherries or Bright Red Sour Cherries, grab a pastry featuring this delectable red treat because not having something sweet to snack on after dinner is the pits. If you’re not sure what to try to mark this momentous occasion, keep in mind this Cherry-Chocolate Snickerdoodles recipe from The Heartstone Inn and Cottages in Eureka Springs, AR.
The Heartstone Inn and Cottages
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 oz. pkg. Nestle Swirled Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (6 oz.) dried cherries, coarse chopped
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
- Beat butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture.
- Stir in 1 1/4 cups morsels and cherries.
- Combine remaining 3T. sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
- Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated.
- Place on ungreased baking sheets. Top balls with a few of the remaining morsels.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or just until centers are set.
- Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.