Vanilla wafers are filled with a cherry cream cheese mixture, then dipped in chocolate in these fun no bake Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies.
I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers today to bring you a virtual cookie exchange! I’m bringing these Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies – but make sure you scroll to the end to see all of the other awesome holiday cookies to fill your plate!
I always feel so far behind during the holidays. Actually, I feel so far behind on everything in life lately, but especially with the holidays.
We buy a real tree, so I always feel like it’s so late by the time we get it up – especially when I start seeing people’s trees go up before Thanksgiving.
My kids can’t decide on anything they want and are constantly changing their minds, so we haven’t even done the Christmas shopping, because I’m afraid there will be a big mind change which will result in even more trips to the store.
(I take that back. I did buy one gift for my daughter months ago when I saw it at the store, but apparently she’s over it now. And yes – too bad, she’s getting it anyway!)
We haven’t done Christmas cards for years, (or even family photos for that matter), the outdoor Christmas lights are still sitting in a box in the garage, and we haven’t made it up to see the lights at Temple Square yet. (Which means that we will probably be fighting huge crowds now, when we do finally make it.)
Oh yeah, and I bought some tickets off of Groupon forever ago for a sleigh ride to see Santa, and I haven’t even set up a time for that yet. Here’s to hoping there is even a time slot open!
Growing up, my mom always did a goodie plate (mostly chocolates) for the neighbors. And I know that I’m super behind because I haven’t even started planning anything, but I am bound and determined to do something for my neighbors this year. My mom would start making chocolates months in advance. Our freezer was always full of chocolate centers. But here I am, 12 days before Christmas, and I don’t even have a solid list yet.
But one thing is for sure. These cookies are going on that cookie plate.
I love cookies. And I make them quite often. But the truth of it is that I am usually pretty basic when it comes to cookies. Chocolate Chip Cookies make an appearance around here quite often. But I knew that I had to branch out and find something that would be fun for a cookie plate, something that would be fairly easy to make by the dozens, and something just a little bit unique. And I found all of the above in these little no bake cookie gems!
But these little 2-bite sandwich cookies are so easy – anyone could make them. You have a cherry/cream cheese mixture that is sandwiched between 2 Vanilla Wafers. Then the whole thing gets dunked in chocolate, and then sprinkle away with seasonal sprinkles. Once the chocolate has set up, you are good to go!
I totally fell in love with these right after I made them. But give them a day? I kind of loved them even more. The cookies soften a bit from the cream cheese, and I think you’d have a hard time even guessing that the cookies are made from Vanilla Wafers. It would probably be easy to trick people into thinking that these were 100% from scratch!! And bonus – one recipe makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies. That’s a lot of cookies – perfect for sharing on goodie plates!
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Vanilla wafers are filled with a cherry cream cheese mixture, then dipped in chocolate in these fun no bake cookies.
- 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 84 Vanilla Wafers (about 1 12-oz box)
- 18 oz. chocolate almond bark or chocolate candy coating
- sprinkles or sanding sugar
- In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the chopped cherries and almond extract.
- Turn half of the Vanilla Wafer cookies so the flat side is up. Top each with about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture. Place the other half of the cookies on top, flat side down. Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until the filling is firm.
- Melt the almond bark or candy coating according to the package directions. Dip each of the sandwich cookies into the coating, allowing the excess to drip off. Place on a parchment paper covered countertop, then immediately sprinkle with nonpareils. Let the cookies sit until set.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
recipe source: Taste of Home Cookies and Candies 2014
I am constantly in awe at the talent that I am surrounded by as a blogger. So I love it when I have the chance to collaborate with some of my friends to bring you all a collection of must have recipes. Today, it’s all about the cookie!! Below are 12 must have cookies for this holiday season. This is one cookie exchange I would love to participate in in real life!! Click through to check out all of the amazing recipes!
Fruit Filled Pecan Thumbprint Cookies from Chef in Training
Gingersnap Biscotti from Completely Delicious
Eggnog Snickerdoodles from Cooking Classy
True Love Cookies from Creme de la Crumb
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Macaroons from Inside BruCrew Life
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies from Our Best Bites
Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cookies from Sweet Basil
Candy Cane Cheesecake Cookies from Sweet Treats and More
Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies from Taste and Tell
Chocolate Mallow Drops from The Recipe Critic
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Rudolph Cookies from Your Cup of Cake