A Bowl of Cherries

The last cookies I made for Christmas were these “Bowl of Cherries” cookies. These cookies made me grin, and I was happy the whole day I made them, and even today, as I am writing this post. From family to office people, these were the cookies that pleased everyone.

Of course I found this recipe from Rossella’s blog as well, so thank YOU again Rossella for sharing this recipe.

The ingredients were very few! Only almond meal, egg white, sugar, cherry extract, and red food coloring. I cheated though, because I used almond meal rather than grinding my own almonds like what the recipe called for. And for the cherry extract – that was a special ingredient that I found at Central Market. My regular grocery did not carry this product and it just happened that Hubby and I had to go to town for something else at CM. So while we were there, I went to look for this cherry extract and found it. Otherwise, this post would not have existed.

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I lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper and turned on the oven to 350F. Then I poured the almond meal and sugar into the mixing bowl.

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Then I added the egg white.

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And turned on the mixer…

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And beat the ingredients until they became a ball of dough.

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Then I added the food coloring drop by drop until I saw the color I desired. I lost count how many drops of red food coloring I used on this. Please note that you should always add more food coloring than what you think you need – because once the cookies are baked, the color is lighter than the color of the uncooked dough.

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I scraped and gathered the dough and transferred it onto a plate.

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Then I washed, dried and trimmed the pine needles for this project. At first I was reluctant about using the pine needles – since the needles would be baked with the cookies. I did not want the sap of the needles leached into the cookies during baking. I googled and found out that pine needles are actually edible! Did you know that? I certainly did not know that!

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Then I used a measuring spoon (½ tablespoon) to measure the amount of dough so my cookies would be congruent.

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Once I rolled the dough into balls, I dropped them onto a plate with sugar and rolled the dough around until they were coated with sugar.

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Then I stuck the trimmed pine needles into the cookies. There! Aren’t they adorable and don’t they resemble cherries?

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I baked the cookies at 350F for 10 minutes.

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These were the baked cookies. See how the color of the cookies was lighter than the color of the raw dough? Nevertheless, they were just really adorable. I was so happy when I pulled them out of the oven and I literally was hopping around the kitchen with glee!

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When Hubby came back from his walk and saw me, he said I was about to burst from my seams! Who wouldn’t be happy when they saw these cookies? They were adorable and yummy to boot! Hubby’s comments after he ate one: “This is like eating gum drops!” His cousin-in-law, Cliff, also said the same thing after he tried the cookies.

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Try to make these and you will be smiling too! 🙂

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Print recipe here.
A Bowl of Cherries
Recipe courtesy Rossella at Cookingwithnonna

Ingredients:
1 lbs. almond meal
½ lbs. sugar
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon cherry extract
red food coloring
pine needles

Preparation:
Wash pine needles, dry them, and trimmed them into about 1.5-2 inches long to resemble cherry stems.
Combine almond meal, sugar and egg whites in a mixing bowl.
Turn on mixer and let the mixer to beat the ingredients together until it resembles a ball of dough.
Drop red food coloring (to your desire color) and use the mixer to combine the color into the dough.
Measure about ½ tbs of dough and roll it into a ball.
Roll the dough in sugar and set aside.
Continue making the dough balls.
When finish, carefully insert each of the pine needles into the cookies.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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