Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Ganache and a Cherry #Chocolateparty

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Ganache and Cherries | Bakewell Junction

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Ganache and Cherries | Bakewell Junction

My dog has been recovering from her ACL surgery and she hasn’t been left alone in the house until yesterday.  She handled that well so this week I’ll be going back to the office on the days I’m scheduled to work on-site.  My fellow car pool buddies wanted some homemade treats because they’ve been without for a few weeks.  One of them is picky and won’t eat anything that’s creamy or contains cream cheese or milk/cream that he can taste.  I thought that I could bake something easy that would work for the #chocolateparty and bring to work.

This month’s #Chocolateparty theme is cherries and chocolate.  I love both cherries and chocolate.  I’ve seen Lofthouse Sugar Cookies on a lot of blogs but I’ve never even tried the store bought ones.  Most recently I’ve seen these cookies on Lizzy’s blog, That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and you can find her post here – Daisy Lofthouse Cookies.  So, I incorporated Lizzy’s Lofthouse cookies into the #ChocolateParty.  Although most of the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies have a buttercream frosting, I went with milk chocolate ganache and a fresh cherry on top.  If you wanted to make these for Christmas, you could substitute maraschino cherries for the fresh cherries.

These cookies are fluffy and soft but aren’t very sweet which is probably why they’re usually topped with buttercream frosting to amp up the sweetness.  My husband loved these cookies with or without the topping.  He liked the dough so much that he was ready to swipe one of the last cookies that was going into the oven just to get some more of the raw dough.

How about you…do you like your cookies very sweet or less sweet?

Enjoy!

Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Ganache and a Cherry

Yield:  24 – 30 Cookies                  Cook Time:  10 – 12 minutes

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring or vanilla extract (I used vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 15 fresh sweet cherries, cut in half and pitted

Directions:

Step 1:  For the cookies:  With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together for about 4 to 5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Combine the vanilla, salt, baking soda and baking powder with the butter mixture.  Add the sour cream and mix to combine.  Add the eggs individually and mix each addition to combine.  Mix in the flour until incorporated.  Chill dough for 1 to 24 hours.

Step 2:  You may roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to shape the cookies.  I rolled the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and then flattened them to about half the height, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  Cool completely.

Step 8:  Topping:  In a small saucepan heat cream over medium heat until steaming while stirring constantly or heat in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Remove from heat, add the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes.  Add the butter and stir until smooth.  Dip the top of each cookie to thoroughly coat and place half a cherry on the top.

Storing:  Store cookies in a sealed plastic container (in the refrigerator, if it’s warm)  for a few days.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe from That Skinny Chick Can Bake, originally from McCalls.

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Curious about the monthly chocolate party?  Here’s how you can join Roxana and her wonderful hosts Emily of Life on Food, Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen, Pam of Blueberries and Blessings, Liz of That Skinny Chick can Bake, Kim of Ninja Baking, Denise of From Brazil to You , Laura of Tutti Dolci, Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories and Becky of A Calculated Whisk.

The recipes will be shared on the first Monday of each month and you can submit your own recipes by the end of the month.  You can submit up to 3 recipes each month.

To make sure everyone is having fun, there are a few rules you’ll have to follow.

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat.  Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose.  It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.

2.) Include a link back to a monthly round-up or the Chocolate party page.  Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.

3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month.  Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

I hope you’ll join our party and bake along with us.  Also, if you’d like to know what are we up to and what ingredients we pick for the next parties, join our Facebook group.

All submitted posts will be pinned to the Chocolate party Pinterest board and will be promoted on other social media platforms using the #chocolateparty hashtag.

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26 thoughts on “Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with Ganache and a Cherry #Chocolateparty

  1. Oh, I’m so thrilled you tried and enjoyed these cookies! Such a great twist with the chocolate and cherries 🙂

    PS… Our lab has had both acls repaired. I hope your pup feels better soon!

    • Lizzy,
      Thanks for the inspiration. The puppy’s getting there. Now we’re still just concentrating on keeping her quiet till she’s fully healed. The said once one ACL is injured there’s a 50% chance the other one will go too. I feel so bad for your cute doggie.

  2. You can not go wrong when combining chocolate and cherries 🙂 Thanks for letting us know about the chocolate party…I may need to get in on that!
    And thank you for sharing this on Foodie Friday! Truly appreciate it!

  3. I’ve never tried lofthouse cookies but these look delicious and of course I’m a fan of using ganache whenever possible. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday. I have chosen this recipe for my host favorite and it will be featured on the Daily Dish Magazine on Monday when the post goes LIVE at 12 NOON Eastern time. You can also pick up a badge on the Daily Dish that you can add to your post/blog.

    I will feature this on my FB page, G+, and i’m pinned this.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon,
    one of the FFF co-hosts,
    Joanne

  4. Pingback: We hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day and enjoyed our special Foodie Friends Friday party with delicious treats and recipes just for DAD. We had fun choosing our Host Favorites!~Daily Dish with Foodie Friends Friday

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