Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I just wanted to share an alternative to this White Chocolate Cranberry cookie. Just follow the recipe the same way, but substitute chopped up dried cherries for the cranberries and semisweet chocolate chunks for the white chocolate. It makes for a really yummy flavor combination!

Food on the Table

To me, white chocolate and cranberry are food soul mates. They just belong together. And they make for perfect Christmas treat bedfellows. You can make just about any dessert white chocolate-cranberry and not only would people love it, but it would look super festive on any table or cookie tray.

These are just a twist on a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe which I usually adapt from Nestle.

Fun Fact: The chocolate chip cookie was invented by a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1938. She owned a restaurant called the Toll House Inn. During WWII, soldiers from Massachusettes (where the Toll House Inn was located), shared the chocolate chip cookies from their care packages with other soldiers. Soon they were requesting them from their families who then inundated Ms. Wakefield with requests for her recipe! After her recipe became so popular, she contacted Nestle and struck a deal: they…

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Cherry Cheese Danish (Denmark)

For some reason, I always assumed that Danishes (the pastry) were just one of those things that American’s named after another country, but were really just an American creation. That is actually not true. Danishes are actually from Denmark!

A Danish pastry is basically a buttery, flaky pastry with a sweet filling, such as fruit, chocolate, cinnamon. The origin is thought to go back to a bakery workers strike in Denmark in 1850. Because the Danish workers were on strike, bakery owners were forced to hire workers from other countries, most were from Austria. Those workers brought with them new baking traditions (hence why the pastries are categorized as part of the viennoiserie tradition).  After the labor dispute ended, the Danish bakers continued using the Austrian techniques, adjusting them slightly to make them their own.

I’ve always loved danishes. Anytime there is a breakfast buffet somewhere with the pastries at the end, I will always grab one. And the cherry cheese are my favorite.

I found this recipe on another blog: http://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2015/11/mini-cherry-cheese-danishes.html and it was SO EASY!!!!!!!

All you need is cream cheese, some sugar and vanilla, cherry pie filling and a tube of crescent rolls.

Whip the cream cheese and sugar until soft.

Don’t unroll the crescents. Cut them into slices. The recipe says to cut 10, but I only got 9 of what I thought was a good size.

Using a small measuring cup, flatten out the disks you cut. Not too thin, you’re just trying to create a well to put the filling in.

Fill with a dollop of the cream cheese filling and a dollop of the cherry pie filling.

Bake at 350 degrees. The recipe says 18-20 minutes, but I think they could have come out at 16. Just keep your eye on it.

Just beware: These are addicting! They are small and light, so you don’t realize how many you’ve eaten until you’ve eaten too many!

Enjoy!