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Cherry Mocha Balls

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe before my wedding (six children ago!). I've made mocha balls nearly every Christmas since then. Because they freeze so well, I bake some early and put them away to call on as last-minute holiday treats. —Jeana Crowell, Whitewater, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup chopped red candied cherries
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, coffee granules and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in pecans and cherries. If necessary, cover and refrigerate dough until firm enough to shape.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool completely on wire racks. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
    Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving.
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