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Chewy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies [for a cause]…*
…nation-wide bake sale to help out a friend in need

It’s always a pleasure of mine to give to others--especially to those in need. When Erin of ‘The Spiffy Cookie’ reached out to me with an opportunity to participate in a bake sale to benefit her friend’s twin brother, I was more than willing to help out.

Dave was in a motorcycle accident on August 20th during which he sustained multiple injuries including a fractured left ankle and a right below the knee amputation. Currently, he is in rehabilitation and once his legs heal, David will need a prosthetic leg to walk again. There will be a “5K Run for Dave” with all proceeds going towards the expensive medical bills and the purchase of a prosthesis. Since Erin cannot attend, her contribution was to gather up all of the bakers and bloggers across the country to do what we do best: BAKE!
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After much thought and planning, I decided to make chewy cherry chocolate chip cookies in his honor. They are extremely soft, flavorful, comforting, and most importantly, easy to ship! :) If you’d like to try them, head on over to Erin’s site to place your bid and I’d gladly send them your way!

Bless her heart for organizing this tremendous nationwide bake sale in his honor. So far, it’s been very successful with bids on almost all of the items. However, there are still plenty of goodies that need homes—including mine! Check out her site for all the details on how to get your hands on these treats and help out a great cause. 
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The Ingredients…*
(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart 
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) dried cherries
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The Instructions…*
(1) Preheat oven to 375 ° F
(2) Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside
(3) Beat butter and sugars until pale and fluffy
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(4) Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition
(5) Beat in vanilla, then flour mixture
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(6) Mix in chocolate chips and cherries
(7) Refrigerate dough for 1 hour (Very important or cookies will turn out flat!)
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(8) Roll or scoop dough into 1 3/4-inch balls (about 3 tablespoons each), and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart
(9) Bake until edges are golden, 12 to 14 minutes
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(10) Let cool on sheets set on wire racks for 10 minutes; transfer cookies to racks; let cool completely and enjoy :)
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Package them up, tie them with cute ribbons & pass them (or ship them) out to your favorites.... <3
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Comments

10/03/2011 3:47pm

These look SO GOOD! Love that they are chewy. I will most def have to bid on these :)

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10/04/2011 5:23pm

Your photos are outstanding, and I can't wait to make these. I love chocolate cherry chip cookies!

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10/04/2011 8:03pm

Liz, thanks for your support--looks like you were outbid by someone else!! You can still order a batch if you'd like :)

Janet, thank you for that comment, it really means a lot, considering I have no idea what I'm doing when I take the pictures. I just make it up as I go :)

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07/09/2012 7:26pm

Great blog post, thanks for posting this.

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Thank you so much! :)

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