Mocha Cherry Cookies
Sue Martell, Princeton, Maine
St. Croix Quilters November Meeting 2012

1 cup butter, softened
cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1 tsp. hot water
cup baking cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
cup chopped maraschino cherries
cup chopped walnuts (optional)
 

Additional sugar
Melted semisweet chocolate (optional)

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla.

Dissolve coffee granules in water; add to creamed mixture with cocoa.

Add flour and mix well.

Stir in cherries and walnuts (if desired).

Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar. Place on un-greased baking sheets.
 
Bake at 325 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Yield: about 3 dozen.