I made these cookies the first time a few years ago. They are easy to do, I was worried that when you drizzled the chocolate over the cherry it would be a mess, it was not. It flows smoothly over the top. These are the best cookies and everyone loves them. They are a favorite of our family every christmas! It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry!
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
- 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Drain cherries, reserving 3 teaspoons juice. Cut cherries in half, and set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add egg, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons reserved cherry juice, beating until blended. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until blended after each addition. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Press center of each ball with thumb, and place 1 cherry half in indentation.
- Cook chocolate and milk in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Stir in remaining reserved cherry juice. Cool slightly. Spoon 1 teaspoon mixture over each cherry half.
- Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Freeze up to 3 months.
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