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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies (oh yum!)

1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
*Beat butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
*Roll into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
*Drain cherries and reserve juice. Press center of each ball with thumb. Place a cherry in indentation.
*In a saucepan, heat condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. (More cherry juice may be added to keep frosting of spreading consistency.)
*Bake for 10 minutes.

Yes, cover the cookies with the frosting mixture before baking. This is not a mistake as it makes the frosting almost fudge like.

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes


I just wanted to make a quick post and show off a cute snowman I made using the same concept as the pumpkins I made for Thanksgiving.

The large scallop cirlce is 3" (cut 9), medium is 2" (cut 7), and the circle for the head is 1" (cut 5). Trim the tops and bottoms of the 3", 2", and 1" balls so they sit flat and can easily be glued together. Use glue that is tacky and dries quickly. I used Alene's glue but you could also use a glue gun.

For the hat, I used two 1 " black circles glued together for the brim, a 1/2" strip of black paper (about 4" long), and two 3/4" circles glued together for the top of the hat.

The eyes are beads from my stash, the buttons are attached with pop dots, and the scarf was just a leftover piece of ribbon that I glued on at the very end.