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Christmas Eve Cookies

Ingredients

  • 24 double stuffed Oreos
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 24 red maraschino cherries with stem, well-drained
  • 24 milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
  • 48 sliced almonds
  • 1 tube red decorative gel

Directions

Recipe by Justin Rowe (age 9), Big Sandy RECC, December 2008

Carefully twist cookies apart. Set aside the halves with cream filling. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Stir until smooth.

Hold each cherry by the stem, dip in melted chocolate. Press onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss so that the stem extends straight out or slightly upward (that’s his tail). Place chocolate kiss angled sideways onto the cream filing of cookie, with cherry steam extending beyond cookie edge.

For eats place slivered almonds between the cherry and kiss. Refrigerate until set. With red gel, pipe eyes (and mouth if you wish) into each chocolate kiss. Makes 2 dozen.

Justin receives the judges “Ooooh-aahh-ahh Award for his adorable mouse cookie. Justin says, “My favorite part of the Christmas Eve Cookies is the chocolate-covered cherry for the body. I also like the Hershey’s Kiss used for the head. The eyes and mouth are decorating gel. The almonds for the ears are delicious. An Oreo cookie holds it all together.”

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