Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Drain cherries, reserving 3 teaspoons juice. Cut cherries in half, and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Freeze up to 3 months.
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