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Chocolate covered cherry cookies make the holiday season comfy and cozy.
Cookies, some holiday movies, and a fresh pair of fuzzy PJs. What more could you need?
The perfect cookies. That is the answer. And those perfect holiday cookies are my chocolate covered cherry cookies. These cookies have been a staple in my home since, well, before I was born to be honest. The recipe comes from my grandmother, who passed it along to my mother, and now it’s mine!
This is my first year making the cookies along side the Twins and Coffee twins and I might have let them have a few more bites than I should have. But hey. That is what the holiday season is all about, right?! If you guys remember, back in October I shared a pumpkin recipe each Saturday of the month. I called it pumpkin month. I’m just so creative. LOL! Well, I have decided to jump back on the train and I am going to be sharing my favorite holiday dessert recipes every Saturday following up to Christmas! Most of them cookies, because they are my personal favorite part of the season. Growing up, making Christmas cookies is something that stands out in my mind about the holiday season. Especially making these chocolate covered cherry cookies! I would stand in the kitchen alongside my mom and bake for hours. She was always really big into giving big cookie platters as gifts for the holidays. I tried it one year, and that is just not for me. One- I want all of the cookies for my self. And two- it’s just WAY too much baking.I love baking more than most, but not THAT much to actually slave away in the kitchen for a full week pumping out batch after batch of goodies!
So this year, I am just making a few of my favorites, and I am going to share them all with you guys!
I won’t be sharing them all on the blog though. Some I am going to be sharing over on Instagram through stories and IGTV. Make sure you are following so you don’t miss out! I am new to the whole IGTV thing. So, bare with me. Come laugh a bit while I try to make up a batch of my favorites on camera for you guys. I anticipate it to be quite comical. But anyways, back to this weeks cookie favorite- chocolate covered cherry cookies. These cookies are to DIE for. We start with a fudgey chocolate base that will melt in your mouth, top that with a halved maraschino cherry, then smother the cherry in a homemade chocolate fudge sauce. Your mouth is watering, isn’t it? Just wait until these babies are sitting on your counter. They will not last long. I made mine a few days ago and they are long gone.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
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- 1/2 cup cubed butter softened
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 jar maraschino cheries
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- Start by turning the oven on to 350 degrees and straining the cherries. Then halve the cherries. Keep the cherry juice.
- In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Use hand mixer and beat until creamy. You can also opt for a stand mixer.
- Add the egg and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture and beat until combined.
- Place a sifter over the large bowl with butter mixture and add remaining dry ingredients. Sift onto mixture. If you do not have a sifter, use another bowl to combine the dry ingredients and combine prior to adding to the butter mixture.
- If mixture is a bit too dry, add a tablespoon of the maraschino cherry juice to the mixture at a time until the dough is able to form into balls similar to sugar cookie dough.
- Using a ceramic baking sheet, or greased baking sheet, form dough into 1 inch balls and place evenly around sheet. I was able to baking 12 cookies at a time on a standard size cookie sheet.
- Press your thumb into each dough ball, creating a space for the halved cherries.
- Now on the stove in a medium sized sauce pan, add chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and heat to medium low. Constantly stir the ingredients until a sauce forms. Don’t leave the mixture. It can burn quickly.
- Once a smooth sauce has formed and all chocolate chips have melted, remove pan from heat.
- Place cherry halves in the thumbprint of the chocolate cookies.
- Top with a spoonful of the fudge sauce.
- Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies might seem soft (similar to sugar cookies) after taking out of the oven, however, as they cool they will set.
- Now try not to devour all 48 cookies in one day. Good luck!
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