Friday, August 6, 2010
Cookie Recipe #216 - Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
This is a fudgey cookie, cradling a cherry, that receives its frosting before it's baked. It is similar to a chocolate-covered cherry candy but with a cookie base.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, 48 maraschino cherries (10-ounce jar), undrained, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving the cherry juice in a small bowl. Place cherries on paper toweling and allow to dry, patting with another paper towel to aid in the drying process.
In a small bowl, combine flour and cocoa; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter. Add sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add the flour/cocoa mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press your thumb or finger into the center of each ball. Place a cherry in the indentation of each cookie.
For frosting, in a small saucepan combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Heat and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons reserved cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon frosting over each cookie, spreading to cover cherry. (If necessary, thin frosting with additional cherry juice).
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.