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Burried Cherry Cookies

10 Oct

I’ve been craving maraschino cherries but wanted something less messy than chocolate-covered cherries, so I tried this new recipe.

Very rich, very sweet
Chewy cookie, creamy frosting
Juicy cherry in the center

Prep: 30 minutes/Bake: 10 min. per batch
Oven: 350/Makes about 42 cookies

Begin with 10-oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained (reserve juice).
Remove stems.

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To make dough:
Beat 1/2 cup butter, softened, with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add the following ingredients and beat until combined:
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Beat in 1 egg and 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla until combined.
Beat in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you may have to stir in the last 1/2 cup or so).

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Roll dough into balls (I think it works best if they are just big enough to hold a cherry; one inch is a good guideline), and press thumb into center of each ball to make an indention. Use an ungreased cookie sheet.

Place a cherry in the center of each cookie.

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In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces and 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. (Be sure not to burn the chocolate!) Stir in 2 tablespoons reserved cherry juice. If you prefer the frosting to be thicker (and easier to cover the cookies with), add less cherry juice.

Drop “frosting” mixture by teaspoon onto each cookie, spreading the frosting to cover the entire cherry.

 

 

 

 

Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool a minute or so on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.