American Chocolate Cherries
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup finely ground almonds
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 jars (8 ounces each) maraschino cherries with stems, drained and blotted
thoroughly dry on paper toweling
1 package (6 ounces) chocolate melting wafers
1. Combine flour, almonds, cocoa and soda in bowl. Beat sugar, butter, egg and
almond extract in large bowl until fluffy. Stir in flour mixture. Shape into
disk. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape 1 heaping teaspoon of dough around each
cherry, enclosing completely but leaving stem exposed. Place 1 inch apart on
ungreased baking sheets. Wrap stems with foil.
3. Bake in 350 degrees oven 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
4. Melt wafers in saucepan over low heat, stirring. Dip cherries in chocolate to
cover; do not coat stems. Place on waxed-paper-lined trays until set, about 30
minutes. Store at room temperature or freeze.
Makes about 3 dozen,