Formed Cookies Holiday Hideaways

Posted by: Schmitty 11-12-99 12:39 AM

Holiday Hideaways

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
48 Maraschino cherries, well drained on paper towels.

Dipping Chocolate:
1 cup white or dark melting chocolate cut in small pieces
2 tablespoons butter
Finely chopped pecans
Slivered white chocolate

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Beat into creamed mixture at low speed.

Press dough in very thin layer around well-drained cherries. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 350-degrees for 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet one minute. Remove
to cooling rack. Cool completely.

For dipping chocolate:
Melt chocolate of choice and butter on very low heat or 50% power in microwave. Stir.

Transfer chocolate to glass measuring cup.

Drop one cookie at a time into chocolate. Use fork to turn. Cover completely with chocolate.

Lift cookie out of chocolate on fork. Allow excess to drip off.

Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of white chocolate cookies.

Sprinkle white chocolate on dark chocolate cookies while chocolate is wet. Chill in refrigerator to set chocolate.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

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