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Mocha Cherry Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch

Makes

about 3 dozen

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.
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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

  1. 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.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 196 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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