Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cherry Chocolate Cookies- Show your valentine some love!

Valentine Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Cookies

1 box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (16.5 oz).
2 eggs (room temperature- set in a cup of warm water for 5 minutes)
1/2 cup real butter - melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips

     Mix all ingredient together in a bowl with a spoon.  Use a medium cookie scoop to form dough and place 2" apart on a silpat mat or parchment paper placed on a cookie sheet. 
Cook 9 to10 minutes and remove promptly.  Cool until firm enough to move to a cooling rack.  This will produce a cookie that is firm and slightly flat.  I like this because it makes a good surface
to put  the icing.

Valentine Cookies

Cherry Buttercream Icing

2/3 cup Crisco shortening
1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
1 lb. powdered sugar (approx. 4 cups)
2 Tablespoons Maraschino Cherry juice
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon Cherry Jello powder

     Whip butter and shortening with a wisk attachment until smooth and light yellow.  (about 1 minute).  Change to paddle attachment. 

Add 1 cup pdr. sugar and mix it in.  Add another cup powdered sugar and mix it in. 
Add Cherry juice and almond extract.  
Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix. 
Add 2 more cups pdr. sugar beating each in separately.  
Add one more Tablespoon milk and mix. 
Add cherry jello and mix. 
Add remaining milk if you want your icing to be thinner.  (I only add 2 total Tablespoons of milk).   Add more powdered sugar if it isn't thick enough.
Cover icing bowl with a damp towel until ready to use.  Recipe from Glorious Treats.

Using a large decorator tip and icing bag, begin in the center of the cookie by making a dot of icing.  Continue in a circle around the dot of icing until you have made a rose like spiral of icing.  Cut enough maraschino cherries in half to be able to place one half on each cookie. 

Hope this adds some fun to your Valentine's Day!

This was posted to these wonderful sites!
Jordan's Onion 
The Country Cook
Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons 
Six Sisters Stuff 
Anyonita Nibbles 
A Peek Into my Paradise 
Huckleberry Love 


  1. These looks super delicious and very beautiful!!
    It's morning here but I'm already craving one :)

    1. Good Morning! Have a wonderful day! Wish I could send you one!

  2. Thanks for sharing these today, Sandra...they were so pretty and very yummy! :)

    1. Thanks Kathy! You are such a good cook that means a lot!

  3. Thanks for sharing these with us at LOBS!! I chuckled when I saw you use Crisco in your icing. LOVE that but so few people do anymore.. reminds me of baking with my grandmothers :)

    1. Thanks for hosting! That surprises me..I always mix the ratio of butter to shortening depending on how stable it needs to be! Butter does taste much better though!

  4. I love cake mix cookies!!! These sounds great! Thanks for coming over and sharing at the Happiness is Homemade link party. Hope to see you back on Saturday!


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