Joy & Judy LIVE - Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipe
Joy & Judy made a very special holiday visit to the Mercy Learning Center, one of the many charity organizations they love to support. The Center (MLC) provides basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. Joy & Judy brought their famous holiday cookies (the recipe found above) to share with the women in the program and their kids.
Joy's Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 24 maraschino cherries, drained & cut in half – reserve liquid
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 4 teaspoons reserved cherry juice
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda; sift to blend perfectly. Now add to the butter mixture and combine. Chill dough for at least 1 hour. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes 13 seconds only! They will look under cooked! While they are baking, finish cutting drained cherries in half and immediately place the half cherry on the hot cookie, gently pressing to adhere it to cookie. Let cookies cool completely before frosting. (The cookies can be chilled or frozen at this point).
To make frosting:
Melt chips, sweetened condensed milk and cherry juice in a small saucepan over very low heat. Stir occasionally, its easy to burn!! When melted, set aside about 10 minutes until it SLIGHTLY thickens to a frosting consistency and frost around the cherry, into a swirl type peak. Let harden before moving. They also freeze well at this point.