I’m right in the middle of “cookie baking season,” and I have finally found my new favorite Christmas cookie ~ that just happens to include cherries!
This recipe is adapted from the “Taste of Home Christmas Cookie Cookbook.” The chocolate cookies turn out rich and decadent, with the cherries topping them, and then fudgy chocolate frosting blanketing the whole cookie.
The cookies are a bit unique in that the frosting is spooned over the cookie before baking. The frosting becomes creamy, and the cookie, moist and tender.
Sinful is really my word for them. If you like cherries and chocolate as much as I do, this will probably be your new favorite Christmas cookie too.
Actually, I intend to make them now and then ~ hear that Bubba?
|Ready to bake|
Chocolate-covered Cherry Cookies
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups flour
½ cup baking cocoa (Hershey’s Cocoa)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
48 maraschino cherries, blotted dry
1 cup (6-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Combine the dry ingredients, and gradually add to creamed mixture (batter will be very firm).
Shape into 48 balls, about 1-inch round.
Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Make indentation in center with your thumb, being careful to not go all the way through dough to baking sheet.
Place one cherry in thumbprint of each cookie.
For frosting, melt chocolate chips in condensed milk in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
Add cherry juice and stir until smooth, not runny.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of frosting over each cookie (the frosting will spread over cookie during baking).
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, (I test cookie dough with a toothpick coming out dry).
Cool on wire racks.
Makes 4 dozen
They are addictive, to me!
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!