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With cream cheese, cherries and a sweet topping, this recipe turns chocolate chip cookies into something special. Enthuses LeeAnn McCue of West Springfield, Massachusetts, "These are pretty to look at and taste like a combination of cookie and candy. They're a family favorite we enjoy at Christmas—and year-round!"
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 drop red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • With a sharp knife, cut cookie dough into eight equal slices. Cut
  • each slice into quarters; roll into balls. Place 2 in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until
  • golden brown. Immediately make a deep impression in the center of
  • each cookie using the back of a small melon baller or small spoon.
  • Cool for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, cream the cream cheese and sugar. Pat cherries
  • dry with paper towels. Stir cherries and food coloring if desired
  • into creamed mixture. Place a teaspoonful of filling into the center
  • of each cookie. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate
  • chips and butter, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over cookies. Store
  • in the refrigerator. Yield: 32 cookies.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 225 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.