Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

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I originally found this recipe in my go to cookie mag from Better Homes and Gardens but you can also find a printable recipe here.

My mom is a huge fan of chocolate-covered cherries she gave these cookies a thumbs up!

I accidentally skipped pictures but these are really easy to make so you'll be fine.

Preheat your oven to 350. In a bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 cup cocoa and set aside.

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In a large bowl beat 1/2 cup softened butter for about 30 seconds, add 1 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp baking soda and beat until combined.

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Add one egg and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and mix again. I always like this part of the mixing because I can incorporate all I want. It's therapeutic.

Go ahead and add the flour mixture. Don't turn your mixer on to fast or you'll end up covered in powder.

I'm just sayin'. It says gradually beat in flour mixture. That would have been smart.

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The dough is pretty dry but don't worry because we're going to roll it into 1 inch balls.

Place balls on an ungreased tray and make a divet in each one with your thumb (or the back of a measuring spoon).

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Place a maraschino cherry in each divet. I didn't actually drain the cherries and set aside the juice because we had a huge jar of cherries. My dad puts them in his Manhattans.

Why do I always want to taste his Manhattan (martini) because it looks so good with that cherry in it? It's made with bourbon and I don't like bourbon. I just want to try it every time.

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Anyway, just pull out the cherry and stick one on top. These cherries were small but if you have really, really huge ones you can cut them in half. I personally think the bigger the cherries the better.

I made my cookies too big. The recipe says 1 inch balls and yeilds 48 cookies and I only got 27. They spread a bit when they bake so I think the balls should probably be just slightly bigger than the cherries.

This is where I forgot the rest of the pictures. In a saucepan melt 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips with 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk. When it's melted add in 4 tsps of the cherry juice and it will be glossy and spreadable.

Top each cherry with about 1 tsp of melted chocolate. It's not going to spread as it bakes so make sure the cherries are covered at this point.

Bake for about 10 minutes. Store at room temp for up to 2 days or freeze between layers of wax paper for up to 3 months.

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I think a smaller cookie would have a better cookie to cherry ratio but both my mom and B said that the cookie is so good they didn't think it mattered.

These were surprisingly easy to make for the impact they have. I love cookies with a little treasure inside!

I'll be eating a lot of these at the Christmas party :)

11 comments:

  1. My husband really likes Chocolate Covered Cherries, too---I must try these!

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  2. Two questions: You can just freeze these and they'll be good still for your party?

    Also, a while back I saw a cute paper box that you put cookies into for a gift. I must know where that came from!

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  3. Mama bub- there are some cookies that you can just freeze (like these) and some you can't (like lemon bars). I pack them up in tins between layers of wax paper. The week of the party I pull all the cookies out and let them defrost in my parents garage. Sounds weird but it's pretty chilly out there in the winter and they don't park a car in the garage. You can pull them out and let them defrost in the fridge or just put them on your counter.

    The boxes are by martha stewart and I got them on sale from Michaels a few years back :)

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  4. My dad would love these. He is a huge fan of chocolate covered cherries. YUMMY!

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  5. I love these cookies - I've made them for years - they are always a hit. Everyone will love them.

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  6. Im not a cherry fan, but I know a lot of family members who are :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Yum!! And I have a picture in my mind of a cocoa powder covered you! : )

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  8. Hi! I just found your blog, and it's so adorable I just had to comment (and bookmark it!). :) I'm a newly-wed (married this past May) and just earlier this month our OBGYN told my hubby and I that we're having a little boy! I've just begun to feel the "flutters" of him moving, it's so exciting! I love your outlook on life and pregnancy, and I am excited for your little one who is due to enter this world very soon!

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  9. Oh, these look goooood! Chocolate is my favorite, and I love cherries! Combined? Fuggedaboutit!

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  10. OMG 6 DAYS. Also, I'm so making those. :)

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