Cherries! Chocolate! Say what?! These cookies scream Christmas, yummy, and eat me all at once! They are super simple and take about an hour (total, start to finish) to make. Personally, I am not a fan of cherries but this cookie has made an exception on my taste buds. Also, ingredients can be added. When I whip these little delights up again, I will be adding chopped almonds to the dough. Cherries, chocolate, and almonds! Say no more!
Chocolate Cherries Tumbles
Makes exactly 30
- 1 stick Unsalted softened butter
- 1/2 cup White sugar
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- 2 tsp Cherry juice (from the jar)
- 1 1/2 cups AP flour
- 2/3 cup Cocoa (Nestle preferred)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking soda
- 1 Jar of Maraschino cherries (drained, do not rinse)
- 1/4 Finely chopped almonds (optional)
- 1/4 cup Semi sweet chocolate chips (glaze)
- 3 tbsp Sweetened condensed milk (add more if you want it thinner; glaze)
- 2 tbsp Cherry juice (glaze)
In a mixer, with the paddle attachment, combine the sugars and butter. Add the eggs, extracts and cherry juice. The dough will separate slightly. Add the dry ingredients and mix until a thick dough forms. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. It will help solidify the dough and make it easier to roll into balls. Heat the oven to 350° degrees. After 10 minutes, remove the dough from the refrigerator and make into 1 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 9-10 minutes. While the cookies are baking, in a bowl combine the glaze ingredients. Heat in the microwave several times at 15 second intervals. Each time you remove the bowl from the microwave, stir the glaze. At first it will seize up but after the second time in the microwave, it will thin out. Once the cookies are removed from the oven, place a dried cherry in the middle and push down slightly. This will keep the cherry in place.
Put the cookie onto a rack to cool for about 5 minutes. Use a fork to distribute the glaze over the cookies. You can put as much or as little as you would like on the cookies. After they have dried, you can store them in a closed container. Tip: keeping them in a cool place will make them last longer, if they aren’t ate right away. Enjoy these little delights.