Sunday, December 12, 2010


Chocolate Christmas Jewels

Source: Better Homes & Gardens Annual Recipes 2007

Festive holiday cookies.

Servings:         about 36 cookies
Prep time:       25 minutes
Cook time:      8 minutes

About 20 large gumdrops (no spiced or black candies)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut gumdrops into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt ; beat until combined. Add cocoa powder and beat well. Beat in egg and milk. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in pecans, cranberries, and chocolate pieces.
Drop dough from a rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press several gumdrop pieces on top of each cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.

Some jewels for all the Christmas cookie bakers out there...have fun...

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