Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

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Next up, some yummy cookies!  I love cookies that are just a little bit different from the norm…hence these cookies.  I know with most people there is a love or hate relationship with chocolate covered cherries.  I really had never had them growing up that I remember, but they have always been one of my husband’s favorites.  So we always have a box or two around during the holidays, and I have grown to really like them myself!  

Even if you don’t like the boxed variety, these cookies will still knock your socks off!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) 
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 10-oz. jar maraschino cherries*
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Melt the butter and mix in the sugar. When the mixture has cooled off a bit, add the egg and mix. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla and cocoa, stirring after each addition. Add the flour and mix well. The dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly.
Drain the cherries and reserve the juice.
Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet, 12 per sheet. Press down in the center of each ball to make an indentation. Place one cherry in each indentation.
In a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk. Heat on low, stirring, until the chocolate chips have melted. Start adding in some of the reserved cherry juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the sauce is thick and will glob off a spoon. If it won’t glob off, keep adding juice until it is the right consistency. Spoon a small bit of the sauce over the center of each cookie – just enough to cover the cherry. It shouldn’t drip down the sides.**
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Source:  Taste and Tell


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