Chocolate Cherry Surprise Cookies
•1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 cup butter, room temperature
•1 cup granulated sugar
•1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
•1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained, reserve juice
•1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
•1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and soda, blend well; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter or margarine and sugar on low speed until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; beat until smooth and well blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet. (I used foil to line my stonewear, but I did spray it with Pam!) Press down the center of each ball with thumb. Drain Maraschino cherries well, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the indention of each cookie.
In small saucepan combine chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk; heat over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the reserved cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the topping over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. If frosting seems too thick, thin with a little more cherry juice.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, or until done. Cool on wire rack. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.