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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cookies

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 48 maraschino cherries about one 10-ounce jar, undrained

For the Fudge Frosting

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter medium-to-high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down center of each ball with your thumb. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the indent made by your thumb.
  • For frosting, in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate pieces and the sweetened condensed milk. Heat until chocolate melts. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.
  • Place fudge frosting in a sandwich ziploc bag, and snip the end off. Squeeze about 1 tsp. frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. Bake in preheated oven about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks, cool.