George Washington’s Cherry Tree Cookies The Breezy WayFrom lovebreezy 4 years ago
- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, soften shopping list
- 1 egg shopping list
- 3/4 t cherry extract shopping list
- 2-3 drops red food color; shopping list
- 1 (17.5oz) package) sugar cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker brand) shopping list
- ¾ c chopped dried cherries shopping list
- ½ c (2.25 oz bag) piñon pine nuts shopping list
- (If you can find them, cherry chips would be good too. If so, cut the amount of dried cherries &/or pinion nuts down to match) shopping list
- Red decorating sugar or sprinkles, optional shopping list
- ≈ 25 - 30 red chocolate covered dried cherries (the ones I found were on the large side, so I cut them in half) shopping list
How to make it
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking pans with parchment paper. Set aside until ready to use.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the cheese, thoroughly until smooth.
- Then add the egg, cherry extract and food color, mix until well blended.
- Add cookie mix until cream cheese mixture is well incorporated.
- Then fold in dried cherries, piñon nuts and optional cherry chips.
- Using a small cookie dough scooper OR a tablespoon, scoop 1 Tbsp. dollops on to parchment lined pans. Spacing 2 inches apart.
- If sugar option is used, either roll the top-side of the balls in a bowl filled with the red sugar or sprinkle sugar on top after placing them on the cookie sheet.
- Lightly pat cookie dollop down.
- Press half of one the chocolate covered cherries on top. Half of my peeps liked the cherry on top; the other half liked the cookie without one at all.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes or until lightly golden edges See Photo. Cool and enjoy!
- Other flavors can be used in place of the cherry. Other nuts and add-ins can also be used such as chocolate chips. See Photo