Happy Wednesday! As I type this (on Monday) I’ve got 3 little girls with me at the dining room table working on an art project singing at the top of their lungs to the Disney tunes on Pandora. Love it. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t get choked up listening to “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack? No? Just me, then.
So this weekend we’re gonna have to address Valentines and decorate boxes. I LOVED Valentine’s Day when I was in school. Now…well, it seems more work for parents but I’ll try to channel my grade-school enthusiasm while helping our kiddos. I do love the treats associated with this holiday, though. Any excuse for wine and dark chocolate! So here’s a little confection I came up with. I took a basic scone recipe, added some chocolate chips, and threw in some cherry juice for a little flavor and color. They were quite good! Hope you try ’em!
Cherry Chocolate Scones
2 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 c. cold unsalted butter
3/4 c. heavy cream
4 T. maraschino cherry juice
1/2 c. chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently to incorporate them.
In a measuring cup, combine the cream and cherry juice.
Add to the flour mixture and stir just until dough forms.
Turn out onto a floured surface, knead until uniform and pat out to 1-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie or biscuit cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!