First off, I want to thank everyone who followed along this month for my 12 days of cookies countdown. It’s been such a hectic month and my oven has been baking non-stop. If you’ve tried any of the cookies off my countdown, or any recipe on my blog at all, I’d love to hear from you! I always appreciate comments and feedback. Anyways, I hope everyone has a safe (and delicious) holiday! Merry Christmas!
Day 12 of my 12 Days of Cookies: Hooray! We’ve made it to the end of the countdown. Keep in mind that these were in no particular order, and that they can all bring just the same amount of Christmas spirit as any other cookie. I’ve been on a baking rampage lately and decided to end with these. Why? I’ve never made these before, but absolutely LOVE maraschino cherries. I can eat a whole jar by myself if I was left alone. My favorite drink is a shirley temple.. the more cherries, the better! So why not give these a shot? My best friend came over last night and I made him sample every cookie that I baked that day. He said that he really loved the texture of these cookies the most. These were a bit more tedious than a simple drop cookie, but are totally worth it. I loved every part of it.. the cookie, the cherry, and the chocolate layer on top!
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1 c sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
24 maraschino cherries
1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 c sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder & salt together, set aside.
In a mixer beat the butter until softened. Add the sugar and cream the mixture until like & fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture & beat until well mixed.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls & place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheets. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
Drain the cherries reserving the juice. Remove the stems & cut the cherries in half. Place 1/2 of a cherry into the indentation in each cookie.
Put the chocolate chips & condensed milk in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the cherry juice. Spoon 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of chocolate over the top of each cherry covering it completely. If the chocolate is too thick add a little more cherry juice.
Bake for 10 minutes & cool on a rack.