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Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherry Cookies

 Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherry Cookies
I first tasted these cookies during a “cookie swap” at work a few years ago. Now I make them every Christmas for our family get-together. People who haven’t had them are always delighted by the “hidden treasure” inside.
24 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • Pat cherries with paper towels to remove excess moisture; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in cherry juice and vanilla. Combine flour and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate
  • for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  • Insert a chocolate chip into each maraschino cherry. Wrap a
  • tablespoon of dough around each cherry. Place 1 in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until set and edges are lightly
  • browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave, melt remaining chips and shortening; stir until

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Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherry Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • smooth. Dip tops of cookies in melted chocolate; allow excess to
  • drip off. Place on wax paper; let stand until set. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.