The Great Cookie Experiment – Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
I’ve made several attempts at cherry cookies over the last year, some with better results than others. This is one of the good ones! I have a friend of mine who is testing cookie recipes for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. She mentioned that she was looking for ones who were unique, beautiful, and tasty all at once. I have been sending her cookie recipes, and pointing out blog articles to her for the last month or so. This was a recipe I had to call her about. It’s unique, because, well, it’s supposed to mimic chocolate covered cherries. It’s pretty- the icing goes on smoothly and makes it LOOK like you’ve got a chocolate, not a cookie. It also happens to be delicious, so you’ve got all three criteria in a nice little package.
It even passed the husband test, but not at first. At first he thought the cookies were…okay. Pretty good. Alright. Not glowing praise, considering that chocolate and cherry is a favorite flavor combination. The test wasn’t passed until the NEXT DAY! You see, after a day, the cherry flavor works it’s way through the cookie, and makes the flavor all that better! Definitely make these ahead of time.
I would definitely use these for a party- especially if you make it extra decorative with an icing swirl or drizzle for added prettiness! These get a check plus for yummy goodness!
Chocolate-covered cherry cookies
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa
½ tsp salt, divided
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, ¼ tsp salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Drain the cherries, reserving 1 ½ tsp juice. Pat cherries dry. Shape 1 Tbl of dough around each cherry. Place 2 in apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks. For frosting, in a saucepan, heat the chocolate chips and milk until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add reserved cherry juice and remaining salt. Frost cookies. Make about 2 ½ dozen.