Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Romantic Getaways in Lancaster PA

Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association has 14 different B&B’s that would be perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in Pa.  Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to escape to celebrate this lover’s holiday, so here is Valentine’s Day idea that will help you have that Bed and Breakfast allure in the comfort of your own home.

The Alden House, located in Lititz, PA, is a great choice for your romantic getaway.  Surrounded by the smell of chocolate from Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory, this Inn is irresistible.  Anyone that has a weakness for chocolate will just love this recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies, which would be a great finish to that breakfast in bed you are planning for your special someone.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

1½ C. flour
½ C. unsweetened cocoa
¼ t. salt
¼ t. baking powder
¼ t. baking soda
1 10oz. jar maraschino cherries (about 48)
½ C. butter or margarine
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 ½ t. vanilla
1 6oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
½ C. sweetened condensed milk

Combine first 5 ingredients and set aside.  Drain maraschino cherries, set aside and reserve juice.  In large mixer bowl, beat butter until fluffy, add sugar and beat, add egg, vanilla and beat.  To the butter mixture, add dry ingredients and mix well.  Divide dough and roll into 48 balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Make an indentation in each ball and place a cherry in each (you can use half a cherry instead of a whole one).  Preheat oven to 350.  Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condense milk and heat in microwave at 30 second intervals until chips are melted.  Add 4 t. of reserved cherry juice to chocolate mixture.  Spread 1 t. of chocolate frosting on each cherry to cover it.  Bake frosted cookies for 10 min.  Cool completely.

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