• Cooking Time: 10
  • Servings: 48 cookies
  • Preparation Time: 30


  • * 1 1/2 cups flour
  • * 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/2 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
  • * 1 cup sugar
  • * 1 egg
  • * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * 1 teaspoons almond extract
  • * 48 maraschino cherries
  • * 6 oz. semisweet chocolate pieces
  • * 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, stir together dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts. Beat well.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and beat until blended.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (It takes a lot of restraint for me to make them this small, but you really can get 48 cookies out the recipe.)
  • With a little oil, butter or cooking spray on your finger, press down in the center of all the dough balls.
  • Prepare the frosting. In a small saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk and chocolate pieces until melted and combined. Stir in 4 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice.
  • Spoon some frosting into the thumbprint of each cookie. Top with a cherry.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.


My mom has had this recipe for more than 20 years. We've adapted it only slightly. Read more backstory and see more photos at my blog, http://hecooksshecooks.net/2009/12/chocolate-cherry-cookies. Thanks!

Categories: Chocolate  Christmas  Cookies  Dessert  Sweet 

Author Credit: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Country Christmas Recipe Box (1982)

Website Credit: http://hecooksshecooks.net/2009/12/chocolate-cherry-cookies/

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