>Weekend Yummies

>Since I didn’t feel obligated to make something La Petite liked today, I tried out a new recipe from an older edition of the WE Energies Cookie Book. Backstory to follow: first, the recipe.

Chocolate Cherry Nuggets
2 cups butter or margarine softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
4 1/2 (yes, you read that right: 4 1/2) cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 (10 oz.) jars maraschino cherries, drained and quartered

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream butter. Mix in powdered sugar. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add flour gradually, mixing until well blended. Separately mix in chocolate chips, nuts, and cherries. Dough will be stiff. (I’m not kidding. It will be stiff.) Drop by teaspoonfuls (cookie scoop)onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake a 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Makes 8 to 9 dozen. Note: they will be round. They do not flatten while baking.

Now while they’re in the oven, I’ll put my own spin on this recipe.

I picked it out last week and put the maraschino cherries on the shopping list. During the week, husband has been “sneaking” a little of the cherry juice to dress up his seven-up. I don’t know if there’s anything else in the glass, but it sure looks pretty. When I drained the cherries for the recipe, I saved the juice for him. Yes, he’s a sweetie, he deserved it.
I baked cranberry hootycreeks and kitchen sink muffins earlier this week and finished off my vanilla extract, so I couldn’t bake cookies again until I had a chance to go to the store or wait for Husband and Amigo to do their weekly grocery shopping. That’s how I ended up making them today instead of, say, two days ago.
And now, La Petite. We let her use Husband’s car to visit friends who attend college near here. She left last night and then spent the night, with our permission. I text messaged her mid-afternoon today and asked, “When are you coming home?” Her response was “When I feel like it.” So rather than text her my first thought response (“Snot!”), I decided to make cookies that she wouldn’t like. She strongly dislikes cherries in any form, so this recipe was perfect.
So there. Take that, kid. Revenge is buttery, chocolatey, and sweet.

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