Cherry-Chocolate Studded Snickerdoodles

Cherry-Chocolate Studded Snickerdoodles

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Swirled Real Semi-Sweet & White
Chocolate Morsels, divided
1 cup (6 ounces) dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

COMBINE flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 1/4 cups morsels and cherries.

COMBINE remaining sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Roll dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Top balls with remaining morsels.

BAKE 12 to 14 minute or just until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen cookies