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Chocolate Cherry Drops

Chocolate Cherry Drops_0001Do you like cherries? Chocolate? Cookies or brownies?
These ones are for you.

Unless you use maraschino cherries for other things, I recommend doubling this batch, because it yields about the perfect amount to go through a full bottle of cherries. Of course, if you cut cherries in half (which is more visually appealing but less cherry goodness) you’ll have to quadruple the batch – perfect for bringing in to the office!

Once again, this recipe is from my favourite cookie book by Better Homes and Gardens: “The Ultimate Cookie Book.”

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies


48 undrained maraschino cherries (about one 10-ounce jar)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice. Halve any large cherries.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in cocoa powder and as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press down center of each ball with thumb. Place a cherry in the center of each cookie. I
  4. For frosting, in a small saucepan combine the chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk over low heat until smooth. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice. (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.) Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the frosting over each cherry on unbaked cookie, spreading to cover cherry. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm (I bake for 8 in my oven). Let stand one minute on cookie sheet. Cover and store at room temperature up to 2 days. Makes 42 cookies.

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