July always has an abundant supply of beautiful summer fruits! Here is a super easy recipe for a perfect summer treat!
Namaste Foods makes these terrific allergy-friendly mixes that seriously make it easy for all people, no matter what skill level you are, to make delicious food! Check them out HERE! I used their gluten-free cookie mix to create little bites of cherry goodness that would work as tapas with cheeses and a light summer wine.
For the filling
4 cups pitted cherries - your choice - I prefer sour cherries!
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
For the cookie crust
1 box of Namaste Foods Cookie Mix
2/3 cup butter
1 tablespoon water
For the filling:
Place the cherries and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan, cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the cherries release their juices - about 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and water.
Slowly whisk the sugar mixture into the cherry mixture, whisking constantly.Simmer until filling starts to thicken - 1-2 minutes. Cover and set aside to cool completely.
For the cookies:
Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare the cookie dough as per instructions on the box.
Grease a mini-muffin pan.
Roll the cookie dough into 2" balls and drop into the muffin wells. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Let cool 2 minutes.
Using a small spoon, make an indent into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool for another few minutes before gently loosening the cookies with a butter knife and placing on a rack to cool completely.
Fill each cookie with the cooled cherry filling. Allow to set for at least an hour before serving!