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Mocha Cherry Cookies

 Mocha Cherry Cookies
Flecked with cherries and glistening with sugar, these dainty cookies always go over big. They're rich and tender, much like shortbread, and have a pleasant chocolate-coffee flavor.
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Additional sugar
  • Melted semisweet chocolate, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar and fluffy. Add vanilla. Dissolve
  • coffee granules in water; add to creamed mixture with cocoa. Add
  • flour and mix well. Stir in cherries and walnuts. Shape into
  • 1-1/4-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325° for 20-22 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle with
  • chocolate if desired. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 196 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 106 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.