I made these to include in some boxes of home-made Valentine's treats, and they were a hit (although, I think that the EatingWell Peanut Butter-Pretzel truffles also in the box got even more rave reviews)! I drew hearts in milk chocolate and white chocolate on them instead of drizzling the chocolate. I had one before I put the chocolate on them, and I thought they tasted very similar to one of those wedding cookies, but with fruit in it. They were great! I used dried cranberries instead of cherries, and they still had that same tartness. I also had to cook a little longer than suggested, and I cooked them on parchment paper, so they were easy to remove.
Almond Cherry Bites
From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Dried cherries, ground almonds and a drizzle of chocolate make these cookies festive for the holidays.
9 Reviews for Almond Cherry Bites
I have made these Almond Cherry Bites several times now because of demand for them, even more than for brownies. It is very important to make sure you chop the dried cherries, or they won't be as moist and flavorful. I got smart on my third batch and bought almond meal instead of processing the almonds myself. I can't tell you how much time I have saved, and I think they come out better. I now have to triple this recipe every time I make it, and they don't last.
These cookies were really easy to make, and even though I'm a total chocoholic, I don't think they needed the drizzle on top. We didn't grind the almonds too much, and the only part I was worried about was the fact they were more chunky than doughy (which make it a little challenging to keep the balls together) before baking. I was worried for nothing. They're perfect!
I doubled the recipe and left out the chocolate drizzle. Very nice, not heavy at all. After 10 minutes baking they were still quite raw on top, and it took 15 minutes to get even the slightest bit golden on the bottom. I also found that they stick a bit - I'll make them on a silicone liner or parchment next time.
I must admit that I've never made these...my friend makes them and gives them to me. I love them! One of the previous readers wanted them lighter...I think they're perfect just the way they are.