Pella Chronicle

January 21, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Cordials


Pella — 1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp rum extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

30 maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry with paper towels

2 Tbsp sugar, for coating

For Glaze:

1 cup confectioner's sugar

1 tsp rum extract

4 tsp maraschino cherry juice

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg and rum extract until light and fluffy. Add flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Beat well.

2. Flatten about 1 Tbsp dough. Place cherry on top; mold dough around it. Roll in sugar. Repeat with remaining dough.

3. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Cool on a rack.

4. For glaze, whisk ingredients together; spoon over cookies.

Makes 30.