It’s that time of year again! Yes, time to roll out the cookies I’ve baked for this year’s Christmas Cookie Extravaganza. Cherry Meltaways are utterly irresistible. These lovely cookies have a “melt-in-your-mouth” dough that includes chopped candied cherries and almond extract. Then they’re rolled in powdered sugar before baking. Truly, these cookies seem to just dissolve in your mouth while eating. We loved them.
I was approached by Paradise Fruit Company to see if I was interested in making Christmas goodies with some of their products. I received their box of goodies at the end of September, just before we took our 16-day Hawaiian cruise. As soon as we got back in mid-October, I started the never-ending baking process. 🙂 I made 16 different kinds of cookies this year, but also made some muffins, scones, Cinnamon Rolls and donuts using candied fruits. Only four of the 16 different cookies were recipes I baked in the past.
Cherry Meltaways are a terrific cookie to bake up for the Christmas holidays. They’re festive and beautiful (of course), but they also have awesome taste and texture. As I stated earlier, these cookies just melt in your mouth! Each batch makes about 5 1/2 dozen so they’re perfect for larger parties and crowds. If you enjoy cherries, these cookies will be a dream come true!
Cherry Meltaways are fantastic!
These “Melt-in-Your-Mouth” type of cookies are filled with Candied Cherries.
Each batch makes about 5 1/2 dozen cookies, so there’s plenty for a crowd!
These cookies are great for tailgating parties this time of the year.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Soften butter and put it in a large mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and oil. (I was making four batches of the recipe, so pictures reflect larger amounts than a single batch.)
I soften butter by leaving it out on the counter over night.
Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add baking soda, cream of tartar, sea salt and almond extract.
Mix again with an electric mixer until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Add unbleached flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add chopped candied cherries.
Stir ingredients well to combine.
Roll dough into golf-ball sized balls.
Roll well in powdered sugar.
Place on greased cookie sheet pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Rotate cookie sheets on oven racks after 7 minutes of baking time. My cookies took 17 minutes to bake completely.
After the cookies cool, stack them up on trays and serve them to all of your guests!
Prepare yourself for hearing lots of ooooohhhhs and aaaaahhhhhs after one bite of these jewels.
Cherry Meltaways are a “melt-in-your-mouth” experience!
We received the candied cherries from Paradise Fruit Company.
Here’s the recipe.
(My own concoction)
- 3 18×26" cookie sheet pans
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 electric mixer
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 sharp knife to chop cherries
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 1 spatula
- 1 cup salted butter softened (2 sticks)
- 1 cup canola oil or avocado oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. almond extract
- 2 cups Paradise candied cherries chopped (measure after chopping)
- 1 cup powdered sugar or granulated sugar to roll the cookies in
- Combine butter, oil, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar, eggs, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and almond extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
- Stir in flour and chopped cherries with a wooden spoon.
- Shape cookies into balls.
- Roll in powdered sugar or granulated sugar.
- Put 3" apart on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes.
Candied Cherries provided courtesy of Paradise Fruit Company.
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Cherry Meltaways are wonderful to bring to a Christmas Cookie Exchange.
If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love this festive and beautiful dessert.
You’ll be surprised how fast these cookies will be gobbled up!
Cherry Meltaways are super scrumptious. You’ll want more than one. 🙂