I would love to explain my absence by saying I have been sailing around the Caribbean. Or visiting the islands of the South Pacific. But no, I have been here all along. Watching my website crash (literally) and burn. But I think it’s back.
The website circling the drain was just part of the glory of the past three weeks. Somebody tried to steal my credit card. The hot water heater conked out. And of the 2o buildings that make up the complex I call home, only the exterior lights on my building have decided not to flicker on this week. At some point, all you can do is laugh.
And wonder what the heck is going on. I had no sooner said just that when it came to my attention that I could blame it all on Mercury retrograde. With that explanation in hand, everything felt normal again. Which should probably say something (not flattering, I am sure) in and of itself.
The good news is we are down to less than 12 hours. At 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, Mercury turns direct. Even more good news is the oven never quit working, so I’ve got cookies. These rich chocolate cookies are studded with sweet dried cherries and chocolate chunks. Just the combination to provide a little pick-me-up when nothing else seems to be going right. Enjoy!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for one minute.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the cherries and chocolate until dispersed throughout the dough.
- Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 14 minutes. The edges will be set but the centers will be soft when done.