It is officially the time of year for cookies.
I know, I know…one is entitled to make cookies any time they damn well please. But it seems to me that during the period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas day, a person could make cookies every day of the week and not get stares from co-workers and the like.
This year, I have been bitten by the cookie bug, and I think that I will be making more than my fair share of the little treats, much to the joy of Tara’s coworkers and mine, and much to the consternation of myself. Consternation, because deep inside of me, I have this fear that I’m going to become one of those women who wear sweaters with Christmas trees embroidered on the front, beaming with pride without any trace of irony. Making an excess amount of cookies, I believe, can be the first step down that road.
This recipe is adapted from a “Holiday Cookies” periodical.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups APF Flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
- 1/8 cup maraschino cherry ‘juice’
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixer, combine the sugar and butter and mix at a low to medium speed, until creamy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix until thoroughly incorporated. At a low speed and the Flour and baking powder. Allow to mix together between 2-3 minutes.
Add the cherries and knead into the dough by hand. Pour in the maraschino cherry ‘juice’ and knead in slowly, only to the point where the dough looks marbled (some of the dough pink, the other basic cookie dough color).
Drop onto cookie sheets with a teaspoon. Place the cookie sheet into the oven (one at a time) and bake between 9 – 11 minutes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes after removing from the oven.
Meanwhile place chocolate chips and shortening into a small sauce pan and place over medium low heat. Allow to melt and stir until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cooled cookies.
Makes 6 dozen cookies