Quaker's chocolate cherry thumbprints

Yield: 4 dozen

Measure Ingredient
¾ cup Sugar
⅔ cup Margarine or butter,softened
2 \N Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
\N \N (divided)
2 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats,
\N \N Uncooked
1½ cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Salt (optional)
2 cups Maraschino Cherries, drained
\N \N & patted dry

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add 1 cup of morsels, melted*; mix well. Stir in oats, flour, baking powder & salt; mix well. Cover & chill dough for 1 hour. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press deep centers with thumb. Place maraschino cherry into each center. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set.

Remove to wire rack; cool ccompletely. Drizzle cookies with remaining 1 cup chocolate morsels, melted.

To melt 1 cup chocolate morsels: Microwave at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Or heat in heavy sauepan over low heat; stirring until smooth.

Posted by Anne Marie Chiappetta.

Submitted By ANNE MARIE CHIAPPETTA On 04-15-95

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