In 1987, the festival was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the largest cherry pie weighing in at over 28,000 lbs and over 17' in diameter. That's a lot of cherries!! Just look at the pan:
*photo courtesy of Waymarking.com
For this cookie, I decided to try something a little different. I found this cookie through Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. My initial thought was to do a dried cherry, white chocolate chip cookie but that is so plain. I wanted something with a different technique - something I've never done before. This cookie fit the profile.
A juicy maraschino cherry is placed in the center of a scrumptious almond scented butter cookie and topped with a chocolate topping before being baked. The smell while baking was unreal. The chocolate and almond fragrance filled my entire house and had some serious staying power. I can still smell them and they've been out of the oven at least an hour. My husband's favorite candy is those Queen Anne Cherry Cordials and he loved these.
I was really happy with how juicy the cherry stayed after baking. You can see the juice on the cutting board in the picture below. I hope they stay that way after sitting awhile.
The original recipe calls for a half cherry in the center of each cookie, but I chose to use a whole one. I'm glad I did, because it really added a nice body to the cookie. If you choose to use a whole cherry, you'll need to double the amount of cherries listed below. I'm sure a half is just as good, but I had an abundance of cherries in my fridge begging to be used for something other than Rob Roys.
The other change I made was I used semisweet chocolate for the topping because that was what I had on hand. This was pure accidental as I couldn't sworn I had a bar of bittersweet chocolate on hand. Perhaps it disappeared during one of my sleep-walking/sleep-eating episodes. That's another story....
Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are firm and just start to brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Makes: 42 to 46 cookies