Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ruby Puddle Cookies

These cookies are pretty much like lace or Florentine cookies.  I have seen a lot all around the net but I wanted mine to have their own unique flavor.  After some careful thinking, I decided to incorporate chocolate nibs and maraschino cherries together.  The nibs would hold most of their shape with the heat, unlike chocolate chips.  Also, when it comes to fruit and chocolate-cherries are my first pick.

After making these I then thought of shaping them into a cylinder and not using the cherries in the cookies.  Then the door opens up to tons of variations with different fillings-with cherry being one of them!  This recipe makes about 25 cookies.

Ruby Puddle Cookies
by flourtrader

1 cup of cocoa nibs
1/2 cup of maraschino cherries chopped
2 tbs plus 1 tsp maraschino cherry juice
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 2 baking sheets.

Fill a medium size saucepan with brown sugar, maraschino juice, butter and corn syrup.  Place over medium high heat and stir constantly.  Let the mixture come to a boil and then boil for about 5 minutes, still stirring all during the cooking process.  Be careful that the mixture does not boil over.

Remove from heat.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in cocoa nibs, flour and cherry pieces until evenly distributed.  Then scoop out in heaping teaspoons and place on baking sheets about 3 inches apart.  Then place about a 2 foot piece of wax paper on a flat surface.  That will be the final cooling place for your cookies.

Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown, about 7 minutes.  Remove pan and let cookies rest on sheets for about 2-3 minutes.  Test one cookie to see if it tears when you try to remove.  If so they need to cool a minute longer.  Place cookies on wax paper to finish cooling.

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