Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

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about 30

Each of these cookies is like a tiny hand pie, folded over so the cherry-flavor filling is encased in delicious chocolate cookie dough.

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  • 1. In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese; beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.
  • 2. Meanwhile, for cherry filling: In a small bowl, stir together cherry preserves, dried cherries, and brandy (if using).
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with foil; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough using a 3-inch scalloped or plain round cutter. Place cutouts 1/2 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Spoon a scant teaspoon of the cherry filling onto the center of each circular cutout. Brush edges of the cutouts with water. Fold each cutout in half over filling. Using your finger, gently press edges to seal.
  • 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over waxed paper; let cool.
  • 5. In a heavy small saucepan, combine chocolate and shortening; heat and stir over low heat until mixture is melted. Spoon chocolate mixture into a heavy resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner off bag; drizzle chocolate over cookies. Sprinkle with almonds. Drizzle cookies again with chocolate, if desired. Let stand until chocolate sets. Makes about 30 cookies.
Please use alcohol responsibly.

To Store

Layer cookies between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze undecorated cookies for up to 3 months; thaw cookies, drizzle with chocolate, sprinkle with almonds, and let stand.


  • about 30

Nutritional Information

Serving Size about 30
Calories 134
% Daily Value
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 18mg
Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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