I prefer to save thoughts of Christmas until at least December, but I was asked to share my favorite Christmas cookie recipe so here it is. But on the way to find my stained recipe card I had a deep thought: Why does “cookie” end in “ie” instead of a “y”? Grammatically, it should be “y” for the singular form and then you change the “y” to “ie” and add an “s” for the plural.
Well, I think I have just stumbled upon the answer to this profound question. Cookies are supposed to be eaten in multiples! So never commit the faux pas of eating just one. That would plainly be wrong. (I don’t know what this says about my nickname. My mom spelled it “Debby” but I changed it in junior high to the more popular “Debbie,” not realizing I was breaking a grammar rule.) But, I digress. Here’s the recipe for my favorite Christmas cookie:
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
Mix 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture to form a dough.
In a saucepan, combine 6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. Heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 tsp of maraschino cherry juice. (Add a little more if it seems too thick.)
Shape the dough in 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use your thumb to press down the center of each ball and place a drained maraschino cherry in it. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate sauce over the cherry, spreading to cover. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes 48 cookies (unless you filch the dough).
It would be so nice of you to share!