The recipe below would make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts. Using a decorative small Valentine box with lid, line the box with white or red tissue paper, place some Chocolate Cherry Chews in the box, cover with tissue paper and lid. Inexpensive small decorative boxes can be found at Dollar Tree stores and Target stores.
Or take plain white small boxes and decorate with heart cut-outs of red and pink construction paper and colorful glitter. This can be a fun family project to give to grandparents or other favorite relatives and friends for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Cherry Chews
(A Rich, Chewy Cooky)
Yield: 64 bars (two – 8 by 8 by 2-inch pans)
- 1/2 c. shortening (melted)
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine (melted)
- 1-1/2 c. sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
- 5 eggs
- 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. sifted cake flour
- 3-1/2 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate (melted)
- 1-1/2 c. shredded coconut
- 1-1/2 c. chopped candied cherries
Beat sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla until mixture is light. Add flour and mix until smooth. Mix in shortening, margarine and chocolate until smooth. Fold in coconut and cherries. Pour into two pan, bottom and sides rubbed with shortening.
Bake in a moderate oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Cool. Place in refrigerator overnight, if possible. Cut into 1 by 2 inch bars and roll in granulated sugar. [adapted from Our Best Cooky Recipes by Martha Logan (1962) – Swift & Company]
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