Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Jan 03 2014
I’ve been told I’m a good baker, and I like to bake, but when it comes to cookies, I feel like my success is limited. I can follow a recipe for chocolate chip cookies off the back of the chip bag, and I’ve nailed this peanut butter cookie recipe from Smitten Kitchen. However, my sugar cookies break easily, and my oatmeal cookies melt onto the cookie sheet becoming wafers of thin lace.
My neighbor, on the other hand, is a fabulous cookie-maker. Around the holidays she always has a plate or three of cookies on her counter. I found an excuse to go over to her house (I took her a small gift) and looked longingly at the plate of cookies. She seemed to get the hint, and offered my daughter and me a cookie. My daughter took a intact sugar cookie snow angel, generously frosted in white buttercream with sprinkles, while I grabbed a decadent chocolate cookie with a cherry and chocolate fudge-y frosting on top. It tasted like a brownie cookie with a burst of cherry. I love chocolate and cherries. One cookie satisfied me completely, for like an hour. Then I wanted more. What could I do? With no more gifts to give, I had to instead ask for the recipe, which my neighbor generously shared.
I’d share the cookies with you, but they are already gone. Instead, I’ll share the recipe.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries
4 tsp reserved cherry juice or sub Quince & Apple Tart Cherry Grenadine
6 oz choc chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Mix to gether dry ingredients in separate bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients using a mixer.
Shape dough into 1 ” balls.
Press down center of dough with thumb.
Drain cherries, reserve juice.
Place cherry in depression in center of cookie.
Melt sweetened condensed milk with the choc chips over low heat, stirring often.
Once melted add 4 tsp of the cherry juice or cherry grenadine.
Spoon melted chocolate mixture over the top of cookie covering the cherry.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.