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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

 Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
I always make these cookies for family gatherings, and they never last very long. They require a little extra effort, but they're worth it. —Marie Kinyon, Mason, Michigan
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 48 maraschino cherries, blotted dry
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in egg
  • and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed
  • mixture (batter will be very firm). Shape into 48 balls, about 1 in.
  • round, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Push one cherry halfway
  • into each ball.
  • For frosting, melt chocolate chips in milk in a small saucepan over
  • low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; add cherry

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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • juice and stir until smooth. Spoon 1 teaspoon of frosting over each
  • cherry (the frosting will spread over cookie during baking).
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 177 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.