Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
48 undrained maraschino cherries, about one 10-ounce jar
1-6-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Note: Be sure to use real chocolate (not imitation) because a not-so-real
product won't bake properly.
In a mixing bowl combine flour and cocoa, set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat
the butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30
seconds or until softened. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat
until well combined. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Gradually beat in the flour
Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on ungreased baking sheet. Press down
center of each ball with thumb. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice.
Place a cherry in the center of each cookie. In a small saucepan combine the
chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk, heat until chocolate is melted.
Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.
Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover
cherry. (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.)
Bake in 350 degree F. oven about 10 minutes or until done. Remove to wire rack,
cool. Cover and store at room temperature up to 2 days. Makes 48 cookies.