Christmas Treasure Cookies – Brown Butter Cherry Chocolate Walnut Cookies – A brown butter cookie studded with cherries, chocolate, walnuts, and topped with a brown butter frosting.
A few years ago my friend Julie organized a food blogger cookie swap. I sent a box of Christmas treats to a few bloggers and was fortunate to receive a few boxes of treats too. In my box, I got Christmas Treasure Cookies from Jenna of Just J.Faye.
At first bite, I became obsessed with these cookies and they have made an appearance every Christmas since. I love them so much. They are a little kitschy. Isn’t anything with a maraschino cherry just a little bit tacky? I automatically think of those “salads” with the marshmallows and the cherries. I love tacky, I’m not judging,
The flavor of these cookies starts with browned butter. If you have never browned butter before, not to worry. It is really simple, but you do need to babysit the pan. I’ve never in my life seen anything go from perfect to absolutely burnt as fast as browned butter can. Well, maybe cooked sugar. That needs a babysitter too.
When you brown butter, it goes from melted to toasted, and the flavor becomes nutty and deep and it truly is incredible. Not only is it excellent in baking, but also on vegetables, tossed in pasta, it elevates a package of frozen ravioli to an entirely new place. Give it a go.
For this recipe, you will brown the butter once, but divide it into two portions – one for the brown butter cherry chocolate walnut cookies and the other for the browned butter icing.
Tips for Brown Butter Cherry Chocolate Walnut Cookies //
- Take the time to toast the walnuts. Even though the walnuts will be baked when the cookies are, it makes a huge difference in the overall flavor of the cookie.
- Make sure to dry your cherries well. The added moisture will not be kind to your cookies. I drain them when I pour them out of the jar and dry them with a paper towel. I also do a good press of paper towel over the chopped cherries.
- Use a high-quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate chip. I like Guittard or Ghiradelli. Tip – they are always on sale during the holidays, I STOCK UP during the holidays. I have a whole shelf in my pantry of just chips.
- These cookies are an excellent addition to a cookie box or tray. They add a lot of color and are a nice change from the typical Christmas cookies.
Thank you Jenna for the recipe, I am so glad that you and your mom created this recipe, it has made its way into my holiday traditions.