Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Following of from the successful Chocolate Fondant experiment Dianne decided to bake Chocolate Cherry Cookies today.   She found this recipe and knew we had all the ingredients – so off to the kitchen we went.  This recipe looks as if it might make a big mess in the oven but I can assure you it worked really well. You do put the topping on before you bake them. That is correct, honest.

  • 1½ Cups Flour
  • ½ Cup  Cocoa powder
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 large Egg (if your eggs are small you may need 1½ – 2)
  • 1½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • 24 undrained maraschino cherries (reserve 4 teaspoons of cherry juice)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate piece
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Cookie

  1. Combine flour and cocoa; set aside.
  2. Beat butter  with sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well mixed.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping the side of the bowl as required.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Add more egg (beaten) to bind mix if required.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2-inches apart on an ungreased cooking sheet.
  6. Press down the centres with your thumb.
  7. Drain cherries, reserving juice.
  8. Place a cherry in the centre of each cookie in the depression you made with your thumb.

Topping:

  1. Combine chocolate pieces and condensed milk in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook and stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Stir in the  reserved cherry juice.
  4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry.
  5. If the frosting is too thick, thin with additional cherry juice.
  6. Bake in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until edges of cookie is firm.
  7. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.

Didn’t take that long to mix this all up and get them in the oven to bake.  Just waiting for them to cool so I can take a picture…and so we can try them.

Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Yes, they look as good as they tasted!!

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