These decadent soft-baked dark chocolate cookies are topped with a maraschino cherry and then drizzled with rich melted chocolate that is infused with maraschino cherry syrup. If this isn’t a special cookie, I don’t know what is!

 Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

In three days, we enter a brand spankin’ New Year. Brand new, brand spankin’ like a shiny copper penny situation. What does this mean to you? Does it change anything? Do you reflect on the past 362 days and wonder what, if anything you plan to change this upcoming year?

Me?

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

Hmm… As the year comes to an end I sit, I reflect. I make no resolutions. I don’t believe in that shit. Instead I jot down a series of dreams and goals, plans for each one. Before the ball drops, I whisper my intent into the universe. Do I succeed? Do I achieve every single goal on my list?

Does every dream come true?

No.

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Am I OK with it?

Yah. I am. You may ask, why are you OK with this?

Because… Life goes on, homeslice. The dropping of a bedazzled ball, a puff of confetti on your face doesn’t mean it’s over. Midnight turns into 12:01 in a minute. There are endless days to conquer in this lil’ thing called life.

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When I reflected upon 2015 I would refer to it as my “break even” year. My “into the black” year. Business terms. I dunno why. I felt I was no longer “in the red”. I was no longer hurting. I laughed far, far more than I cried. In fact, if I sit and think about it – I can’t recall much crying this year. There were tears, to be sure; however, they were so few and far between it’s not even worth dwelling on.

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In truth, 2015 wasn’t really a “break even” year. If we’re using business terms you might say I turned a profit. A small one. Oh shit… I grew. Three years ago growth was inconceivable. Impossible. It wasn’t going to happen. Despite many obstacles – Mental, personal, and environmental – I grew. I put happiness first and for the most part I succeeded.

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And now armed with a brand new list, a clear vision, and a hustle in my heart for 2016, I am at peace with myself, with those years when life was not so great.

I leave 2015 happy.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

That my homies, deserves a cookie. A Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie.

Yah.

Ain’t they purty?

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

The inspiration for this cookie came from my favorite chocolate situation. Real talk? I could eat chocolate covered cherries all the live long day. In fact, this one time (read: 20 or so times) I did. I must have purchased five or six boxes and spent a very happy day popping chocolate covered cherries in my mouth; back when my metabolism was in overdrive and I could eat with abandon.

Sigh…

#nostalgiaforallthingslost

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

Anyway, I stalked The Pinterest and found exactly what I was looking for; a cookie which looked hella festive, yet can and will be enjoyed year round. The jump off for this situation is a double chocolate cookie, under baked of course. The cookie comes out of the oven, an indentation is made.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

And nestled in that very indentation is a maraschino cherry; the kind you find in the supermarket. I do, however, urge you to splurge for Luxardo Marschino cherries. They’re the bombdiggity. I just couldn’t get them in time for the photos.  Drizzled is a melted semi-sweet chocolate infused with a splash of vanilla extract and maraschino cherry syrup. If you try these, don’t be scurred when your chocolate seizes. Give it time to emulsify. It will become fluid.

It will. Trust.

Finally, pop one (or 17) of these in your mouth. Reflect upon this past year. A lot has happened. Plan for 2016. Dream big as hell. And eat cookies. These cookies.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies {mind-over-batter.com}

Want to try this recipe? Are you on The Instagram? Do you post your baking shenanigans? Use the Hashtag #MOBrecipes! I want to see how these bad boys turned out!

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