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Name: Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
Key Ingredient: maraschino cherries
Preparation: bake
Cuisine: American
Source: Better Homes Best You Can Bake
Food Group: cookies
Meals: lunch, party, picnic
Courses: dessert
Temperature: room
Effort: easy
Prep. Time: 1:05
Elapsed Time: 1:30
Servings: 48

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (about 48)
1 (6 ounce) package (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

In large bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and soda. In mixer bowl beat together butter or margarine and sugar on low speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; beat until well blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press down center of dough with thumb. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the center of each cookie. In small saucepan combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk; heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.) Bake in a 350F. oven about 10 minutes or until done. Remove to wire rack; cool.

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