Chocolate-Cherry Snowballs

Tender tea cookies are enhanced with pretty specks of candied cherries and a delightful chocolate drizzle.

  • prep time 1 hr 25 min
  • total time 2 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 48

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
2
cups all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup (8 oz) candied cherries, finely chopped
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/2
cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in almond extract. In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. On low speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture until well blended. Stir in cherries.
  • 2 Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Cool slightly. Measure 1/2 cup powdered sugar into small bowl. Roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.
  • 4 Place chocolate chips in small resealable freezer plastic bag. Microwave on High 45 to 60 seconds, turning bag over every 20 seconds. Squeeze bag until chips are melted and smooth. Cut small tip off one corner of bag, and drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes until chocolate hardens before storing.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    90
    (
    Calories from Fat
    40),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    4 1/2g
    4 1/2%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    10mg
    10%;
    Sodium
    45mg
    45%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    11g
    11%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    6g
    6%
    ),
    Protein
    0g
    0%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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