chocolate-covered cherry cookies

the other day we made cookies for a cookie exchange. not really part of the advent, but still festive. this recipe is from my grandma, and i believe she got it from taste of home (you bunco girls might remember this one from last february). it's normally pretty simple, but i'm not having any luck baking in this house (crappy oven + altitude changes + letting haven help, i guess), so i ended up throwing batch one away and doing it all twice. and they didn't turn out great. blah. you win some, you lose some. at least haven had a blast making a sugary mess with every utensil we own.

this is normally a really good cookie-sort of a cross between candy and cookie and great to add to cookie plates. maybe you'll have better luck (note: the photo above is prior to frosting/baking so this isn't how they look when they're done):

chocolate-covered cherry cookies

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla
48 undrained maraschino cherries (10 oz. jar)
1/2 (6 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk

in small bowl combine flour and cocoa. set aside. in large bowl beat butter till soft. add sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. beat well. add egg and vanilla. add flour mixture.

shape into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. press center down and place cherry in center of each.

in saucepan, combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. heat till melted. stir in 4 t. of cherry juice. (thin with more juice if needed). cover cherry with frosting.

bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. move to rack to cool.

p.s. if you try these i think this is a great way to finish off the frosting part. i've also read that you can wait to frost them until after baking, which might be a better idea so that the frosting doesn't crack/dry out.

p.p.s. my blog is super cool and is a day ahead (see the date on the post?), don't let this confuse you...i have no idea what's going on.

1 comment:

Emilie May said...

I don't think I've ever made these. The ingredients are really simple. Let's make them when I'm there... and I want to make a gingerbread house for Nate's grandparents. I'll bring my candies.