Cherry Slice Cookies and a Mother Cardinal

IMG_5501Recipes can take twists and turns, and in the case of these cherry slice cookies, a twist came when I couldn’t find gumdrops. The original recipe called for half a cup chopped gumdrops, and, much to my surprise, my local grocery store didn’t have gumdrops. There were gummy bears, gummy crawlers, gummy pop bottles, but no gumdrops. Seems like the end of civilization as we know it. Time to re-think! They did have cherry slice candies, which are giant gumdrops by another name, so I decided to go with them. I’m glad I did, because these buttery, shortbread-like cookies with bits of chewy cherry flavor are awfully good! There are bursts of crispiness, then bursts of tart cherry chewiness, and it’s fun!

IMG_5496Cherry Slice Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 4-ounce package of cherry slice candies
granulated sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a large kitchen knife, cut up the cherry slice candies into 1/4″ pieces (approximately).

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Sprinkle a little sugar on your cutting board. Separate any pieces of candy that have stuck together and roll them in a bit of the sugar to keep them separate.

Mix butter and brown sugar until completely combined, then stir in flour. Then stir in the cut-up cherry slices.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place about 1-inch apart on lined baking sheet. Grease the bottom of a glass, then dip into sugar. Press down on dough balls until 1/2″ thick.

Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are light golden brown. Let them sit for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Baking notes: You could use orange slices for this recipes, or maybe you will find gumdrops! Maybe civilization isn’t ending, after all! The dough is firm, and I mixed in the flour and chopped candies with my hands.

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crabapple blossoms
crabapple blossoms

Mother Cardinal

What a beautiful time of year, with the fruit trees blooming, and tulips everywhere. And much to our delight, a mother cardinal has built a nest in the yew bush up front. We try to studiously ignore her as we pass in and out. We have also seen her at the bird bath. I will keep you posted!

 

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Lastly, the pulmonaria is blooming. I love how the pink and blue flowers are on the same plant! Peace. Fran

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