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
- 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
- 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!