Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

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READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 60 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 3
    tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 12
    cups sugar
  • 1 12
    cups flour
  • 1 12
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 13
    cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 1
    (11 ounce) bag chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-kiss shaped decorative candies, unwrapped
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place unsweetened chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Add butter; stir until butter is melted. Cool 10 minutes.
  • Combine melted chocolate mixture, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 3/4 cups of flour, eggs and baking powder in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add remaining 3/4 cup of flour and dried cherries. Continue beating just until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm. [1 hour].
  • Heat oven to 300. Place 1/3 cup of sugar in small bowl. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until top is cracked and set.
  • Immediately press 1 cherry chocolate kiss into each cookie. Remove to cool racks. Cool completely or until chocolate is set. [about 1 hour]. Store between sheets of waxed paper in container with tight-fitting lid for up to 5 days.
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