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Dipped Cherry Cookies

Something different for Christmas treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter
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  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, drained
  • 12 squares (1 ounce each) white chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. shortening
  • Coarse sugar or red edible glitter

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Knead in the cherries, 2/3 cup white chocolate and extract until dough forms a ball.

Shape into 3/4-inch balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in remaining sugar. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack to cool.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt shortening and remaining white chocolate at 70% power; stir until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate; sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible glitter. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container.

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Source: Country Woman Magazine

By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario

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