Thursday, February 5, 2015

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Cookies

Yum
I didn't have a cookie recipe for you in January, so I wanted an extra special cookie to Fill The Cookie Jar for February, and for Valentine's Day. The kitchen is becoming operational again, but things are still challenging, so I asked Truckin' Man for his help in picking a cookie. I narrowed it down to two, and he picked one, and I ended up making the other one!! Needless to say, he was more than disappointed. BUT, after giving this cookie a sample, and another, he did admit that they were quite a success. And no worries, I will bake up the his choice of cookies by Valentine's Day!


These little cookies are so perfect. Buttery, bits of cherry, and just the right amount of white chocolate. If you don't care for white chocolate, I think these would be amazing with some dark chocolate.



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White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Cookies (Slightly adapted from: Taste of Home)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained
12 oz white chocolate chips, divided
1/2 tsp almond extract
7-8 drops red food coloring
2 tsp shortening
Sprinkles, decorating sugar, other pretty cookie decor


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In large bowl combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Chop maraschino cherries until they are in very small pieces. Press cherries gently with paper towel, then add to cookie mixture. Add 1/2 cup white chocolate chips to food processor or food chopper, process until in small pieces; add to cookie mixture. Add almond extract and food coloring. Stir gently until all ingredients evenly distributed.  Now, knead with your hands until the dough comes together (use gloves if you are worried about the food coloring).

Roll dough into 3/4" to 1" balls.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet several inches apart.  Dip the bottom of a glass into a bit of water, then dip glass into remaining sugar. Press glass onto each cookie to flatten. Dip glass in sugar, repeat.  Bake cookies at 325 for 11 to 13 minutes. Cookie is done when edges are just turning golden.  Cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

Once cookies are cooled, melt remaining white chocolate and shortening in microwave, following directions on chocolate.  Dip each cookie in white chocolate, and place on wax paper.  Sprinkle with your favorite cookie decorations.  Let set for several hours until dry.

Store in airtight container.

Enjoy :)

Sharing this at:
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Foodie Fridays
Weekend Social
Weekend Potluck


19 comments:

  1. pretty, going to keep this one for the benefit for Breast Cancer these will be a big hit! Love this one!

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  2. These are so pretty and they sound delicious! My husband loves cherry anything so I will have to make these for him for Valentine's Day :) Thanks for sharing! Hugs

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  3. This is a great cookie, I've made something similar. Your's are so pretty and festive and I hope your taste tester wasn't too disappointed!

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  4. I have to laugh! You asked his advice and then chose the opposite, ha ha! Yeah, you'd probably better make him the other ones too - and share the recipe, with us, maybe ;) Not that these don't sound delicious (I am a sucker for cherries)

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  5. Great minds think a like... I did basically the same cookie. They are so good.

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  6. I love your white chocolate dipped cherry cookies. They look so pretty I can understand how the guys might not choose to try them, but tasting is believing. They sound delicious. Pinned/shared

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  7. So pretty! Love the colors and flavor combo!

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  8. Yummy. And a perfect idea for Valentine's.
    Thank you for sharing.
    :-))

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  9. These look like the perfect surprise cookie for my family gor next week! Love the addition of the cherry!

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  10. You and the trucker man came up with a great recipe. I love white chocolate, but Big is a dark chocolate lover. I can imagine they would be great either way! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe with the Fill The Cookie Jar group

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  11. I've made similar cookies for a cookie swap and they were so unique and different! Plus when you dip them in chocolate, you can't go wrong!

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  12. Perfect colour for Valentines, I like how they are dipped in white chocolate too, yum!

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  13. If Valentines Day was a cookie, this would be it - such a cute idea! Love it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  14. The children will love the colour of these, and hubby will love the white chocolate! Good combination ;-)

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  15. Awesome! I love everything about these cookies. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.

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  16. Oh these look so luscious Kris! I love the color and the texture. So pretty for Valentine's day. Hope you will post Truckin Man's cookie choice, too!

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  17. I missed this month (again) but hopefully next month. I need to send myself a reminder to bake something.
    These look absolutely yummy!

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  18. YUMOYUM! These look mighty tasty. I'm all about cookies...and chocolate...and sprinkles. You nailed them all this time with these luscious treats. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a wonderful Valentine's weekend.

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