Mexican Chocolate-Cherry Rounds

"Rich chocolate cookies get some Mexican flair when spiced up with cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper. Blanched almonds or pistachios can be used instead of cherries. I make these every year for Christmas and they're always a hit. Prep time includes chilling"
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins
2 cookies




  • Stir chocolate in top of double boiler over simmering water until smooth; cool.
  • Combine flour and next 5 ingredients in medium bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat 1 3/4 cups sugar and butter in large bowl until light.
  • Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla and chocolate.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients, beating just until combined.
  • Chill dough until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets.
  • Place powdered sugar in shallow pan.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Roll each ball in sugar to coat; shake off excess sugar.
  • Arrange cookies on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.
  • Press 1 cherry half into center of each cookie.
  • Bake until cookies puff and crack but are still soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to rack and cool completely.
  • (Cookies can be prepared ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.).

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  1. I've been making these for years (only difference---my recipe calls for 8 oz chocolate) and what a hit they are, indeed! I use half green candied cherries, half res, and they are so pretty on a holiday sweets tray.
  2. *Made for PAC Spring 2008 I am NOT a baker but with the help of a Pampered Chef clay cookie sheet (get one - they are so worth it) and a good recipe, I can pull it off. These little gems got rave reviews from all who came through the door. I love the grown up flavour the cayenne pepper gives to the recipe yet it still remains kid friendly. Check the first batch for your timing - my oven took 11 minutes instead of 10. Thank you for sharing this and I'm looking forward to seeing any new recipes you submit Ashbabe.



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