Chocolate Cherry Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Crinkle Cookies are a festive way to celebrate the season. A bright red cherry offsets the snowy white and rich chocolate of the cookie. This Christmas cookie recipes results in a delightful dessert that looks and tastes phenomenal.

Notes

Cookies will be crisp first day, brownie-like second day.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups and 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup powered sugar
  • 50 to 60 tart cherry halves and/or almond chunks

Instructions

  1. Chop chocolate and melt in top of double boiler until smooth. Cool.
     
  2. Combine flour and next five ingredients in medium bowl.
     
  3. Using electric mixer, beat 1 3/4 cups sugar and margarine in large bowl until light.
     
  4. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla and chocolate.
     
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing until combined.
     
  6. Chill dough until firm, about 2 hrs in refrigerator, 1 hr in freezer.
     
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  8. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
     
  9. Place powered sugar in shallow pan.
     
  10. Form dough into less than 1 inch balls, and roll each in sugar to lightly coat.
     
  11. Arrange cookies on baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.
     
  12. Press one cherry half or nut into center of each cookie.
     
  13. Bake until cookies puff and crack, 12-18 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

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