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We all know Santa loves his chocolate, especially rich hot chocolate spiced with a hint of cinnamon, and he loves cookies too!

Inspired, of course, by “the most famous reindeer of all”, Rudolph, these cookies combine Santa favorites: chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Topped with red cherries, Rudolph’s are sure to remind Santa that his favorite reindeer will always light his way.

Rudolph's

Rudolph’s
 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
 
1 1/4 cup softened salted butter
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla
 
4 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate pieces (I used 4 squares Baker’s chocolate)
pinch ground cinnamon
 
1 cup chopped pecans
Half package of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate cut into chunks
One and a half package of Baker’s white chocolate cut into chunks
 
1 small jar (125ml) red ‘maraschino’ cherries, cut in half and excess liquid removed with paper towel.
 
Melt chocolate at low setting in the microwave. Stir in cinnamon and set aside to cool. Mix together butter and sugar,  then egg and vanilla. Stir in cooled mixture of chocolate. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add walnuts, white and dark chocolate chunks
 
Spoon on non-stick cookie sheet, in loosely formed balls.  Place a cherry half firmly in center of cookie dough.
 
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 3 and a half-dozen.
 
Note – take care when eating fresh out of the oven as cherries stay extremely hot
 

Rudolph's

Into the oven

Rudolph's

Out of the oven and into my mouth; yummm…. luscious gooey deliciousness followed by that delightfully sweet cherry.

Rudolph's

Rudolph's

You’re sure to win Santa’s heart if you leave a plate of Rudolph’s with a glass of refreshing milk.

Warning – Bake these cookies before December and there won’t be any left for Santa.

My recipe for Rudolph’s entered in the Christmas in July Cookie Contest as a member of Food Bloggers of Canada.