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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 

How deliciously Holidaylike is this!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies!

Last week the San Francisco Chronicle had some scrumptious baking ideas for the holiday, and this was one of them. It certainly brought back memories of "Holiday Spirit" for me.

Every Christmas we would get "Papa" (my grandfather) chocolate covered cherries...they were his favorite. The one thing about food is that it certainly invokes strong memories of people, places, events that you connect with certain foods or dishes.

Merry Christmas, Papa. Miss you.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies


12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries


Preheat oven to 350°.

In the top of a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, until mixture is thick and fluffy (ribbon consistency). Remove bowl from mixer, add cooled chocolate and vanilla, and stir the mixture by hand to incorporate.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture, and stir until just combined. Fold in the semisweet chocolate chunks and cherries.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets lined with parchment, and bake for 8-10 minutes, until tops are shiny and cracked.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies

We would get my Grandma chocolate covered cherries every Christmas too. I can't make it through the holiday season without thinking of her and her chocolate covered cherries. She adored them.
She would have loved those cookies as well. They look good!

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