DC Cherry Chocolate Stars (Washington, DC)

I based my Cherry Chocolate Stars on the pink cherry blossom trees in DC, the stars on our flag & the many white marble monuments in my city. I added pecans & walnuts to represent our “southern efficiency” & “northern charm”, as described by President JFK.

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Servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 - 12 minutes
Submitted By Andrew Evans from @wheresandrew
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Servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 - 12 minutes
Submitted By Andrew Evans from @wheresandrew
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whip soft butter until fluffy, then cream sugar and vanilla. Dribble in cherry juice and blend in well until mixture looks bright pink.
  2. Sift all the flour over the pink mix and blend gently until dough begins to clump.
  3. Stir in chopped cherries and nuts and continue to mix until evenly distributed.
  4. Divide and gently pack the dough into two balls, seal with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll out dough on a well-floured surface until 1/3” thick. (Dough will be stiff at first, so give it a few minutes for to warm and soften before rolling.)
  7. Using 2- or 3-inch cookie cutter, punch out stars, gently lifting with knife or spatula onto the parchment. Make sure stars are not touching.
  8. Bake for 10-11 minutes, depending on desired softness. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire racks.
  9. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, stirring regularly until the chocolate is liquid and glossy.
  10. With a soup spoon, drizzle the small stripes of chocolate across the cookies. Let chocolate harden before serving.
Recipe Notes

* Substitute maraschino cherries with a cup of dried unsweetened sour cherries, soaked overnight in a full cup of brandy. Replace the maraschino cherry juice with 2 tablespoons of the cherry-infused brandy. Drain cherries well, then chop and mix into dough.

** Know the difference between real white chocolate (made from cocoa butter and milk solids) versus “white baking chips” and other confections made from nothing more than sugar and palm oil. You can taste the difference!

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