Cherry Covered Chocolates
I Love Valentine's Day.I love everything about it, the flowers, the love in the air, the candy, the gifts and special treatment and the candy... Wait, did I already say that?
One of my favorite Valentine's treats is the Queen Anne Cordial cherries.
The yummy filling that is so sweet it literally hurts your teeth... OMG, I love it!
This year I am trying to be more aware of what I'm eating and the caloric content of everything.... blah blah blah. I couldn't even type that with a straight face.
Who am I kidding?!
I will continue to eat the same stuff I've been eating, which in all actuality, isn't the worst stuff in the world.
I like to make most things from scratch, so I know exactly what I'm eating, I just have a major weakness for the sweets.
These cookies are soooo good!
They taste like an inside out chocolate covered cherry and are really easy to make.
I looked for recipes on the internet, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for so I kinda Frankenstein'ed a recipe together from all the things I read online.
What I was going for was a nice crispy cherry shortbread outside that was soft and chewy on the inside with the kiss in the middle.
The result was almost exactly what I was going for except the outside is a bit less crispy than I'd like, but it is still amazing.
What You Need:
2 sticks of butter (softened)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 small jar maraschino cherries (diced)
2 Tbsp cherry juice
1 14 Oz bag of Hershey's Kisses (the cherry flavored kisses would be wonderful)
Cream the butter and sugar(s) together.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
Stir in the flour, walnuts, cherries and juice til well combined.
Dough will be a bit stiff at first, you can knead it by hand if it's easier for you. When dough is well combined, roll out a 1 inch ball, flatten it in your palm and wrap it around a Hershey's kiss.
Continue this process 'til all the dough is gone.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
Cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a plate or cooling rack.
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