Oh How Sweet Life Is Recipe #2: Taking Bonbons to a Whole New Level

Although the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a bonbon as “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts,” for purposes of this recipe they are “cookies with chocolate, cherries, nuts or other fun things in the center and icing on top.”  Sounds yummy, ehh?  Precisely.

Les bons gateaux by Holly Zuber

½ c. margarine (the consistency of the dough is better with margarine than with butter)

¾ c. powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. almond

1 ½ c. all purpose flour

1/8 tsp. salt

Red and green food coloring

Combine the margarine, sugar, and almond.  Blend the flour and salt together then add them to the wet ingredients.  Divide the dough in half.  Add red food coloring to one half of the dough, and green food coloring to the other half.  Add 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk to the dough if it is dry.

For each cookie, wrap 1 Tbsp. of dough around 1 of or a mixture of the following fillings: 1 date; 1 pecan; 1 walnut; 1 cherry; 2 or 3 dried cranberries; 3 or 4 chocolate chips.  Bake 1” apart on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes.  Cool.

Are you hungry yet? Photo by Holly Zuber

Make the icing by combining the following ingredients:

1 c. powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. milk (any kind of milk should suffice)

1 tsp. almond

Divide the icing in half.  Add red food coloring to one half, and green food coloring to the other half.  Dip the top of each cookie in the icing.  You can do red on red, green on green, or mix colors.  Set the cookies on paper towels to let the icing set.  This recipe makes about 3 dozen, depending on how much dough you use for each cookie.

Enjoy with some hot chocolate, mulled cider, or another favorite holiday beverage.

What Christmas treats are you making?

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