Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Delights

One of my favorite things of all times is chocolate covered cherries. My mom always used to get them for Valentine's Day from my Dad.  I love them at Christmas time and I usually stock up on them to eat year-round.  They are so delish!

Cordial Cherries
I was so excited when I found them in cookie form.  Thanks to the Hannah Swensen Mystery series, I found this recipe in Joanne Fluke's 1st book: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Delights
Joanne Fluke, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.

1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups flour (not sifted)
2 small, 10-oz. jars of maraschino cherries***
1 pkg. chocolate chips (6 oz. pkg. - 2 cups)
1/2 cup condensed sweetened milk

Melt butter and mix in sugar. Let mixture cool and add eggs. Mix it thoroughly and then add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and cocoa, stirring after each addition. Add flour and mix well.  (Dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly.)

Drain cherries and remove stems, reserve juice.

Pat dough into walnut-sized balls with your fingers. Place on greased cookie sheet, 12 to a standard sheet. Press down in center with thumb to make a deep indentation. (if the health board's around, use the bowl of a small spoon!) Place one cherry in each indentation.

In a saucepan over simmering water (double boiler) combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. Heat on low until the chips are melted. (You can also do this in the microwave, but you'll have to keep zapping it to keep it from hardening.)

Add approx.1/8 cup of the reserved cherry juice and stir to a thick sauce. If sauce is too thick, add more juice in small increments. (Test it with a teaspoon. If it doesn't glob of, it's too thick.)

Spoon the sauce over the center of each cookie just enough to cover each cherry. Make sure it doesn't drip down the sides.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

***For those who don't like cherries, substitute well-drained pineapple tidbits, using the juice to thin the frosting. You can also use pecan halves or macadamia nuts and thin the frosting with cold coffee or water. If you don't have anything to go on top, just glob the chocolate mixture into the indentations. That's good too.

Yield: 7 to 8 dozen, depending on cookie size.

1 comment:

  1. These are delish as well as her stories. Thanks for posting.


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