Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies #ChristmasCookies

We're half way through the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!  This brings me to my 3rd contribution to this roundup:  Taste of Home's Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies.  I first made these a few years ago, and then I forgot about this gem.  I always have my standby baking that I don't tend to stray from over the holidays.  So, with all of the cookies I've been making for this blog roundup, added to my old standbys in the freezer....it's going to be a very sugar infused holiday season.   I'm happy I dug this one out again as it really should be part of my regular rotation.

This cookie is best described as a chewy brownie with a sweet little maraschino cherry in the middle. How can one beat that?  Well, I guess the chocolate frosting added to the top helps.  These are pure magic. PURE MAGIC!  They come together quickly, and you don't even have to chill the dough, making them a very impressive treat that is super quick to prepare.  I followed the recipe exactly as published by Taste of Home, with the exception of adding 2 tbsp of milk to the dough, and halving the amount frosting as it just made too much.   I have copied the recipe, below, from Taste of Home.  I've noted my adaptations in italics.  Also note that this recipe is called Frosted-Chocolate Cherry Cookies on the Taste of Home Website, but was originally published as Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies many years ago, including the cookbook I found it in.


Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tbsp 2% milk
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries (I used 30 cherries)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (I halved the frosting to use 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (I used 1/4 cup)

Directions

1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

2. Drain cherries, reserving 1-1/2 teaspoons juice. Pat cherries dry. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough around each cherry. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks.

3. For frosting, in a saucepan, heat chocolate chips and milk until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Add reserved cherry juice and remaining salt. Frost cookies. 

Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen (Mine made exactly this!)

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies




     Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 6

Cherry Kiss Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies from Making the Most of Naptime
Jewelled Fruitcake Bars from A Palatable Pastime
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big
Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table
Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Spiced Pretzel Walnut Cookies with Chocolate Chips from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Susensky from A Day in the Life on The Farm

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