Chocolate Cherry Beauties
|Categories:||Cookies, Chocolate, For Kids|
|Collections:||Christmas Cookies, Summer Desserts!, 2012 Member's Choice, Top 10 Spring Sweets|
|Keywords:||holiday, cookie, cherries|
|4 oz||unsweetened chocolate|
|1/2 c||vegetable oil|
|2 c||granulated sugar|
|2 tsp||baking powder|
|1 c||confectioners' sugar|
|1 tsp||rum or rum extract|
|1 c||milk chocolate chips|
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DirectionsPrepare cookie base. Melt unsweetened chocolate with a double boiler (or the microwave in 30 second increments.)In a separate bowl, add chocolate to the oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.Stir in eggs, flour, baking powder and salt; Mix well. Chill for 2-3 hours.Remove from refrigerator. Roll dough into one inch balls. bake at 350° for 10 minutes, this will give you a softer cookie. (Up to 12 minutes if you desire a crispy cookie. I prefer soft. )Once you have removed the cookies from the oven, immediately use a round bottomed spoon (a teaspoon measuring spoon is a good size) to smoosh a "well" into the cookies. Allow to cool completely.Prepare cookie filling. In a medium bowl, mix softened butter (not melted), confectioners sugar and rum extract (or rum) for flavor. You may need a little more than a teaspoon, depending on your taste. Blend using a hand mixer until it is the consistency of piping frosting. Add 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips, finely chopped.Using a pasrty bag without a tip, pipe a dollop of filling into the well you pressed into the cookie. Add a Maraschino cherry to the top of each cookie. The ones with stems are very pretty.Melt the remaining milk chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies. NOTE: The cookies in the main picture are a "bite sized version" of this cookie - When I rolled the ball they were about the size of the cherries before baking.