COOKIE WINNER #10: Audrey's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies!

COOKIE WINNER #10: Audrey's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies!

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INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1⁄2cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⁄2cup  butter or 1⁄2 cup  margarine
  • cup  sugar
  • 1⁄4teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1⁄4teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1⁄4teaspoon  salt
  • large  egg
  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons  vanilla
  • 48 undrained maraschino cherries(reserve 4 tsp cherry juice)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate piece
  • 1⁄2cup  unsweetened condensed milk 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine flour and cocoa; set aside.
  2. Beat butter in a med bowl on med speed until softened.
  3. Add sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Beat until well mixed.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping the side of the bowl.
  6. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Place 2-inches apart on an ungreased cooking sheet.
  9. Press down the centers with your thumb.
  10. Drain cherries, reserving juice.
  11. Place a cherry in the center of each cookie in the depression you made with your thumb.
  12. Combine chocolate pieces and condensed milk in a small saucepan.
  13. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted.
  14. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.
  15. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate and milk mixture over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry.
  16. If the frosting is too thick, thin with additional cherry juice.
  17. Bake in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until edges of cookie is firm.
  18. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.
  19. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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