Recipe for Michigan Treasure Cookie
(Total time 1 hour 30 minutes) Makes: 3 dozen
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup softened butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
1 1/2 cup dried cherries
Additional granulated sugar to roll dough in before it bakes (about 1/4 cup)
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, 1 cup of sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in one-third cup of the flour mixture at a time until all is used. Scrape sides of bowl between additions of flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks and cherries. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll chilled dough into golf-ball-sized balls. Roll the balls in the additional granulated sugar. Place the balls 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently press with bottom of glass to flatten. Repeat with remaining dough.