chocolate-covered cherry lovers!
These cookies are bursting with bits of cherries and chocolate ~ these are the ultimate Christmas cookie to me, and most likely Bubba too!
Cherry jam and bits of chocolate combine here for a fabulous delicious little cookie. The color is pretty, mostly due to the jam, but also a little added food coloring.
The recipe includes chopped dried cherries. I have a difficult time finding them in the grocery store, so I order Montmorency Dried Cherries from Cherry Republic, they’re great, good-sized and packed with flavor.
Bill kindly chops the chocolate for me. Use good chocolate; I buy Baking Bars of Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Bars works well also.
After several years of making these cookies, Bill found this to be the best way for chopping the bars: Place chocolate on a cutting board, use a butcher knife to chop while holding a paper towel over the chocolate. Chop chocolate into bits, a little smaller than a chocolate chip would be. The chocolate will fly everywhere, hence the paper towel covering it.