Yesterday I tested a cookie from Taste of Home- Best Loved Cookies & Bars for the Christmas season. This cookie was very easy to make and I think gives the uh-ah factor that I look for during the holidays. The only thing I will need to do differently next time is melt the chocolate for the top a little bit more so it does not go on so thick.
24 maraschino cherries
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
1/2 teaspoon shortening
Pat cherries with paper towels to remove excess moisture; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in cherry juice and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
Insert a chocolate chip into each maraschino cherry. Wrap a tablespoon of dough around each cherry. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt shortening with remaining chips; stir until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in melted chocolate. Let stand until set. Store in air tight containers.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.