Pretty Cookies

by jerseygirl on December 17, 2008 · 41 comments

As I mentioned last week, I won the Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook. How? By making these cookies. My local newspaper, The Courier Post, has a holiday cookie contest every year and I managed to get a few entries in. I have been experimenting with almond butter and thought the flavor would match with maraschino cherries. My Double Chocolate Cherry Almond Drops landed me third place in the contest.

I like these because they look great on a holiday cookie plate. The double chocolate with the cherries puts them over the top. I surprised myself because the food I make is not always pretty. I can always use help in the garnish department but somehow these came out very festive looking. They are not hard to make but a little more time consuming than usual because you have to drizzle two types of chocolate over them. But the time is well worth it.

At the cookie contest, I was able to taste all of the ten finalists cookies and even bring some home. Getting my jeans on is another story. I have to say that the winning cookies were some of the best I have ever tasted. Click here to see the first place recipe which were Buerre Noisette Cookies. I just might make some of them this week.


Double Chocolate Cherry Almond Drops

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips or broken up white chocolate, divided
24 maraschino cherries
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer beat the butter until creamy. Add almond butter and sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour until smooth. Mix in 1 cup white chips while reserving the rest. Roll dough into one inch balls forming 24 cookies. Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper. With your fingers or the back of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in each ball. Place one cherry in each cookie. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until bottom of cookies are golden and cookies are set. Cool completely. Melt the remaining white chips in the microwave and drizzle over the cooled cookies. Melt the semisweet chips and then drizzle the dark chocolate over the cookies. Let the chocolate harden before serving. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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ttfn300 December 17, 2008 at 11:26 pm

ooh, i bet these would be a good base for those dark choc raspberry kisses i found! hmmm…


Leslie December 18, 2008 at 12:04 am

Pretty and yummy! Can ask for more!


kat December 18, 2008 at 12:28 am

Congrats on winning! Your cookies look great.


Sharon December 18, 2008 at 12:29 am

Congrats!! These do look pretty and not too difficult to master. Yum!


Cristine December 18, 2008 at 12:40 am

Congrats on the contest! They look fantastic!


Sara December 18, 2008 at 1:34 am

Your cookies look delicious, I have a weakness for maraschino cherries.


ConversationsWithACupcake December 18, 2008 at 1:42 am

Okay. I’m drooling.

Those are GORGEOUS Lisa! Way to go on the win, too!


Emily December 18, 2008 at 1:44 am

Lisa what a gorgeous cookie! I am definately sold on the cherry almond combo! I am loving it this season! I would love a plate of these!


HoneyB December 18, 2008 at 4:53 am

Not only pretty but yummy looking too! I love almond flavor so I am sure I would love these cookies!


Debbie December 18, 2008 at 8:09 am

Those cookies look great. I would like to add them to my holiday cookie tray…


Allie December 18, 2008 at 9:48 am

Congrats, I think they look fantastic!! Just wish I had more hours in the day I would make these tonight for a party we’re attending, but it’ll have to wait till this weekend.


Cathy December 18, 2008 at 10:45 am

These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them – they are so pretty, and chocolate/cherry/almond? Sounds like the perfect holiday cookie!


Patsyk December 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Congrats on the cookbook win! Those cookies are really pretty, and I imagine they must be irresistable, too!


Barbara December 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Lisa, this are really an eye stopper! Congratulatons on the win.


Colleen December 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

These ARE very pretty! I can see why you won – congrats!


Katrina December 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Those look great, Lisa!


Mary December 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm

These cookies are really beautiful. Enjoy that new book. Congratulations!


John and Lisa Howard-Fusco December 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Congrats on winning the cookbook! Those cookies look yummy. – John


Maria December 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Congrats to you! The cookies look fabulous!


Priscilla December 18, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Those are so pretty and look delicious! Yumminess!


Jeena December 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm

These look so gorgeous Lisa, I love the white and dark chocolate against the cherries. 🙂


That Girl December 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Those are pretty cookies!


Bridgett December 18, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Wow, congratulations on winning! Those cookies look divine.


The Blonde Duck December 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Congrats on winning and being published! They look phenomenal.


Dani December 18, 2008 at 9:34 pm

i can see why u won!


Tanya December 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Very pretty…I have to add them to my Christmas cookie list!


Peter M December 19, 2008 at 5:37 am

Congrats pretty girl and thanks for sharing the cookies!


Erica December 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

Lisa! These look beautiful! Congrats on the win 😉


Robin Sue December 19, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Your cookies do look so very pretty indeed! I love hearing about all of the contests you enter, I should try that some day but I am such a fraidy cat! Happy baking!


Aggie December 19, 2008 at 1:26 pm

These cookies are so pretty Lisa! Congrats on winning the cookbook!!


Dawn December 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Lisa those do look gorgeous. How do you like the new cookbook?


Pam December 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Pretty cookies indeed. They look divine!


Adam December 19, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I still vote for your cookies for #1. Not only because they look nice, but because I can actually say the name. Buerr… Eh I give up 🙂

Happy holidays Lisa!


Clumbsy Cookie December 19, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations for winning that contest Lisa! They do look very pretty and festive!


Jan December 19, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Congratulations Lisa, that is no mean feat. Your pretty cookies look and sound amazing.


Proud Italian Cook December 19, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Congrats to you Lisa! Nice flavor combo!


Kerry McKibbins December 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

those look great!


Jo December 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm

oooo those sound and look amazing! Yummy 🙂


Kevin December 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Those cookies look really good!


Shannon September 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

These look pretty! and tasty! 🙂


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