Chocolate covered cherry cookies

Yield: 40 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Flour
½ cup Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
10 ounces Marachino cherries w/liquid
½ cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 \N Egg
1½ teaspoon Vanilla
6 ounces Semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup Sweetened condensed milk

Combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder & soda. Set aside. Drain the cherries, reserving juice, set aside. Beat butter in large bowl with electic mixer at medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating well. Gradually add the dry ingredients, beating until well combined. Shape dough into 1" balls.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down on the center of each cookie with thumb. Fill with a drained cherry. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk. Stir over low heat until melted. Stir in 4 t. of reserved cherry juice. Spoon 1 tsp of frosting onto each cookie, spreading to cover cherry. Thin with more juice if necessary. Bake at 350ø for 10 minutes. Cool. *P Debbie Puente GCHM44A 02/24/93

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