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Chocolate-Cherry Sandwich Cookies

I make these often at Christmastime, but they're a winner for summer parties, too. Chilling the cookies before you dip them into chocolate is important because it firms up the filling. —Amy Sauerwalt, Columbia, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 18 ounces milk chocolate candy coating, melted
  • Red nonpareils or red colored sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth; stir in cherries and extract. Spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture on bottoms of each of half of the wafers; cover with remaining wafers. Refrigerate 1 hour or until filling is firm.
  • Dip sandwiches in candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; sprinkle with nonpareils. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 105 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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