These cookies get a big thumbs up from my family! They are easy to make but look like they took forever. They would make a great gift.
I bought a jar of maraschino cherries that were already sliced in half so I didn’t even have that to do. I put the cooled cookies in the freezer.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
1 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsps vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Drain the cherries, reserving 3 tsps. juice. Cut cherries in half and set aside.
Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, and 2 tsps of the reserved cherry juice; beat until well blended.
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and gradually add to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Press your thumb in the middle of each ball and place a cherry half in each indentation.
Put chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until chips melt and the mixture is well blended. Stir in remaining 1 tsp of cherry juice. Spoon 1 tsp mixture over each cherry half.
Bake at 350º for 10 minutes.
Makes 3 dozen or so depending on the size of your cookies.