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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Divine fudge brownie dough wrapped around a maraschino cherry, then baked in cookie form to be topped off with some more chocolate! Great for the holidays!
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

  • 1 c . sugar
  • 1/2 c . unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 1/4 tsp . baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/2 c . butter softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp . vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c . flour
  • 4 doz. whole maraschino cherries drained well

For Frosting

  • 1/2 c . semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 T . solid shortening

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Drain the cherries well and let them sit in a sieve while you make the cookie dough.
  • Cream together the first 8 ingredients until well-combined.
  • Add flour gradually; you may have to stir in by hand.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls, then flatten slightly in your hand. Place a cherry in the center of the dough round, then shape the dough around the cherry.  You can also use a medium sized cookie scoop and scoop dough, add cherry and middle and add a little dough on top of cherry and drop on the parchment paper.
  • Bake 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 mins, being careful not to over-bake as they will crumble if they get too done.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, microwave chocolate chips and shortening for 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Dip the tops of the cooled cookies in the frosting and let harden or drizzle.  

Notes

You can also add the cherries to the top of the cookies and press into the dough, so it looks like a thumbprint cookie and then bake.  Drizzle chocolate.