Monday, December 11, 2006

First Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange

It’s the First Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange!

I am fond of many, many cookies – especially at Christmas time.
But this one is definitely my new favorite.
We first tried this out for a real cookie exchange last year and learned something: Don’t bake twelve dozen expensive, laboring (okay, they weren’t that hard) cookies for people who are baking you
Pillsbury. However, a Virtual Cookie Exchange is the perfect opportunity to share this recipe. They don’t keep long, so they are best to make for parties or the like.

(To visit the "VCE Headquarters", Visit Jenn)


· 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
· 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
· 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
· 1 cup sugar
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 egg
· 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
· 48 undrained maraschino cherries (about one 10-ounce jar)
· 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces (not imitation)
· 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

*In a mixing bowl combine flour and cocoa; set aside.
*In a large mixing bowl beat the butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened.
*Add sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
*Beat until well combined.
*Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
*Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

*Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet.
*Press down center of each ball with thumb.
*Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice.
*Place a cherry in the center of each cookie.
*In a small saucepan combine the chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk; heat until chocolate is melted.
*Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.
*Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the frosting over each cherry on unbaked cookie, spreading to cover cherry. (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.)
*Bake in 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until done.
*Remove to wire rack; cool.
*Cover and store at room temperature up to 2 days.

Makes 48 cookies.

And because I care so damn much, here’s the Nutritional Information (I think a serving size is one cookie):

Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories 81
Total Fat (g) 3
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 11
Sodium (mg) 45
Carbohydrate (g) 12
Protein (g) 1
Vitamin A (DV%) 2
Calcium (DV%) 1
Iron (DV%) 2


Kristina said...

yummmmmmm........I'm ignoring that last part though....Christmas cookies don't have any calories (or fat or anything but deliciousness!)

Jenn said...


~stephanie~ said...

Oooh... my mom and I have been making these for nearly 20 years! They are my absolute favorite Christmas cookies, EVER! (And the leftover fudgey topping is delicious on ice cream.)

Butrfly4404 said...

I never thought of using the leftovers for that...we just ate it with a spoon.

I'll have to try that, though!

Sara Lewis said...

This looks delicious - thanks!