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My mother made a maraschino heart-shaped cake for my father one year for Valentine's Day, and ever since I always associate maraschino cherries with Valentine's Day. So I put together this recipe for my children, and they loved them. These cookies are like chocolate covered cherries in shortbread form. Their lovely color is derived from the maraschino cherries and juice. My daughter Tati also took them for her church class as a treat and they loved them also, and I hope you love them too. Now that is a whole lot of love -- but it is Valentine's season, isn't it?
Recipe for Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Drizzled Shortbread Cookies
1 cup softened butter (do not use margarine)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
2 cups, plus 2 -3 tablespoons flour, as needed (see note)
Maraschino cherries from a 10-ounce jar -- chopped very finely with the juice squeezed out of the cherries -- squeeze first, then chop
Small amount milk or semi-sweet chocolatechips for drizzling (about 1/2 cup for drizzling) -- I used milk chocolate chips.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the almond extract, then beat in the salt. then add maraschino cherry juice. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour, beginning with 2 cups of flour, and adding more flour, if necessary. The dough should be able to be rolled out. Roll out cookies to about 1/3 inch and cut with a cookie cutter. I used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 325 for about 8 - 9 minutes. Let cookies sit on baking sheet a few minutes, and then remove and cool on rack. When cookies are cool, melt chocolate, and then drizzle on cookies. Let chocolate dry. Yield: 2 dozen small cookies. Now go on and serve them to a loved one.
Cookies waiting to be drizzled
Notse: I live in a very dry, desert area; the amount of flour you use will vary. For the drizzling of the chocolate, I just cut a small hole in the corner of a Zip-Loc bag. I then put a small amount of chocolate in the bag and drizzled the chocolate over the cookies with a back and forth motion.
Cookie waiting for chocolate to dry
Hope you are baking something up special for your loved ones.
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This is the cat named Ruby that we rescued from the street a little less than a year ago. He was sitting in the middle of the street. I recently bought him a little house, AND HE LOVES IT!! You know how you buy something for your pet, and they never use it...
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