Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Beauties

"This is the best cookie I have ever tasted"- My dad, this Christmas. That is saying a lot.  He likes cookies.

I call these "Chocolate Cherry Beauties" they are, in a word, awesome.  If you like to bake, I highly recommend this recipe.  Not only is it absolutely yummy, it is very pretty.  You will not fail to impress with these cookies.  My apologies for wonky background colors, I copied this from its page on Just A Pinch, because I was NOT going to type it again. (<---totally lazy)  recipe after the jump

4 ozunsweetened chocolate
1/2 cvegetable oil
2 cgranulated sugar
2 tspvanilla
2 cflour
2 tspbaking powder
1/2 tspsalt
1/4 stkbutter
1 cconfectioners' sugar
1 tsprum or rum extract
1 cmilk chocolate chips
maraschino cherries

 Prepare cookie base. Melt unsweetened chocolate with a double boiler (or the microwave in 30 second increments.) In a separate bowl, add chocolate to the oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated. Stir in eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Chill for 2-3 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Roll dough into one inch balls. bake at 350° for 10 minutes, this will give you a softer cookie. Up to 12 minutes if you desire a crispy cookie. I prefer soft. once you have removed the cookies from the oven immediately use a round bottomed spoon (a teaspoon measuring spoon is a good size) to smoosh a "well" into the cookies. Allow to cool completely.
 Prepare cookie filling. In a medium bowl, mix softened butter(not melted), confectioners sugar,and rum extract (or rum for flavor you may need a little more than a teaspoon) use a hand mixer, until it is the consistency of piping frosting.Add 1/4 cup of milk chips, finely chopped. Using a pasrty bag without a tip, pipe a dollop of filling into the well you pressed in the cookie. Add Maraschino cherries to the top of each cookie. Ones with stems are very pretty.
 Melt the remaining milk chocolate chips, drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate. The cookies in the picture are a "bite sized version" of this cookie- when I rolled the ball they were about the size of the cherries before baking. 

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