Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

1/2 C (1 stick) butter, soft

1 C sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C flour

1/2 C cocoa

1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

maraschino cherries or other filling such as chocolate, Andes mints, nuts, toffee, dried fruit, or whatever your imagination conjures


1 C chocolate chips

1/2 C sweetened condensed milk (Uh-oh, you're going to have the rest of the can to use still. That's always bad news so I'm sorry about that. You'll have to pour it over your cereal for breakfast. Note: I say that in jest; it's a totally bad idea, as is eating the rest of the contents of your can with a spoon. I'm not saying you can't, only that such a choice might be regretted. And as far as I know there's no morning after pill, over-the-counter or otherwise, for such behavior. P.S. Let me know if there is.)

1 Tbsp cherry "juice" to loosen it up (if you're not using cherries, you can add milk)

Preheat oven to 350. 

Beat butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat. 

Mix in dry ingredients and beat (I always have to mix then beat because my hand-mixer sprays powdered ingredients everywhere if I'm not careful.) You'll get a very firm batter. Like this. 

Now take your firm batter and roll it into 1-inch balls. I got about 30, which I managed to cram all onto one jelly roll sheet. 

Now take your thumb and give these a good smash in the middle. You want a nice indentation for your cherry.

Now add the fillings of your choice. 

Aren't they pretty?

Now throw your topping ingredients into the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix. And nuke for a few more seconds or until smooth. 

Plop 1-2 tsp worth of the chocolate mixture onto the cherry or other topping. Try to get it all covered. Like so.

Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees. The edges will poof and spread a bit, so don't put the cookies any closer together than these. 

And you're done. If you take them to a party, make sure the nut ones are labeled for anyone with an allergy.  

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