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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Makes

4 dozen

A juicy maraschino cherry peeks out from under a creamy frosting in this chocolate cookie. I've been making them for years and they've never failed to satisfy.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 24 maraschino cherries, drained and halved
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, cherry juice and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each. Place a cherry half in each indentation.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips with milk, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in cherry juice until blended. Spoon about 1 teaspoon over each cherry (frosting will spread over cookies during baking). Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 167 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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