Fudgey Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
INGREDIENTS
  • 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
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts. Beat well.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until blended.
  5. 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.)
  6. With a little oil, butter or cooking spray on your finger, press down in the center of all the dough balls.
  7. 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.
  8. Spoon some frosting into the thumbprint of each cookie. Top with a cherry.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
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!