Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

What a great cookie idea don't you think? I made these over Christmas to give away to friends and everyone enjoyed them. They were fun and something different to make. I couldn't decide which cookie was cuter. Cherry covered in chocolate or uncovered?

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
adapted from via Jamie Carpenter

Makes 24 cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg *add an extra egg for a chewy cookie
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon reserved cherry juice, *or 1/2 tsp cherry extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, regular or dark
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, reserve the juice
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg, cherry juice/or extract and vanilla extract and beat well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb. Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in indentation of each cookie ball. Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes. 

    In a saucepan, heat condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. Add more cherry juice to chocolate frosting to get the right consistency if needed.



Those are amazing!! Oh I want one right now!!

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