I'll start off my Christmas cookie wrap-up with a cookie I made in early December. It's a variation of Rachel Ray's Chocolate-Orange Bonbons. Since I had no candied orange peel around, I used dried cherries instead. Yummy!
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In mixer, cream sugar, butter, and salt until well blended. Add egg, vanilla, and egg white. Beat for one minute.
Add cocoa powder and blend at medium speed. Add flour and baking powder. Blend until thoroughly combined. Stir in half of chopped dried cherries (save other half for topping) and white chocolate chips.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Shape dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on prepared pans. Bake one pan at a time. If you have a second pan ready, place it in the refrigerator until first pan is finished in oven. Bake 15 minutes. Cool two minutes before removing to wire rack.
Melt semisweet chocolate in microwave-safe bowl, stirring occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Top cookies with melted chocolate and chopped dried cherries. Let set (about 1 hour) before storing.