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Dear Readers,

I found this cookie recipe in a recent “Costco Connection” magazine.  My husband declared it one of the best cookies I’ve ever baked.  I must admit I agreed.  The combination of chocolate chips and dried cherries is a winning one.

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

4.5 ounces (about1 cup) flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  large egg

2/3 cup dried tart cherries

3 tablespoons Kirkland’s semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.  Combine flour and next 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.  Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended.  Add vanilla and egg; beat well.  With mixer at low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined.  Stir in cherries and chocolate chips.

2.  Drop by tablespoonsful 2 inches apart onto baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake for 12 minutes or just until set.  Remove from oven; cool on pans 5 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Makes about 30 cookies.  Each cookie contains 80 calories and 2.7 grams of fat.

Note: The next time I bake these cookies, I will add two extra tablespoons of chocolate chips.  I used Trader Joe’s Dried Pitted Tart Montmorency Cherries that come in an eight ounce package.  Instead of coating the baking sheets with cooking spray, I lined them with aluminum foil.  It makes cleaning up a lot easier.

Enjoy and

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

You may be wondering who Betty and Sally are.  Well, they are playmates of my two granddaughters.  But they are not human!  Let me explain further.

Betty, whose full name is “Betty Boomerang” is a roly-poly penguin-type stuffed bird.  Her fur is purple with bands of fluorescent lime green fur and turquoise fabric that covers her chest and belly.  A set of two black eyes are narrowly placed above her bright orange beak.  Her webbed feet are also brint orange.  A shock of baby blue hair springs from her head.  A shelf in the toy department of Wal-Mart was her first home.

Betty Boomerang became a part of a game that we played with our first granddaughter every time she visited.  Emily had to guess where Betty was hiding.  We would search under beds, in closets, on shelves, behind doors and even in the shower for her.  It became such a ritual that as soon as Emily walked through the front door, her first words were “Where’s Betty Boomerang hiding today?”

When her younger sister, Maggie, arrived, I knew she would enjoy a stuffed playmate of her own.  So “Silly Sally” became a member of the family.  She’s a yellow furry chick with golden velvet beak and legs to match.  She has the same black eyes as Betty and sports a shimmery yellow ribbon bow under her chin.  A tuft of white hair emerges from the top of her head.  Maggie loves investigating the various hiding places of Sally and is thrilled when she discovers her.

We are returning to California in a few weeks.  So the stuffed playmates will be placed on a closet shelf for their winter hibernation,  and the  girls will bid them farewell pretty soon.  I just hope that when we return next spring, they haven’t outgrown their furry playmates:  Betty Boomerang and Silly Sally!  I know Mimi won’t!

Keep smilin’!

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