Holiday Treat – Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

It’s not a secret in my family, I dislike Maraschino cherries. Hate them in fact. I love real fresh cherries, but don’t give me those fake cherries. This recipe includes them, but since they are in a cookie, I’m willing to overlook them.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg 
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
    • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
    • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb.
    • Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in indentation of each cookie ball.
    • In a saucepan, heat condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. (More cherry juice may be added to keep frosting of spreading consistency.)
    • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Happy Baking, Eating, and Holidays!

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