Buried Cherry Cookies
1 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries
½ cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp vanilla
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup semisweet choc chips
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1. Drain Cherries, reserving juice. Halve any large cherries. Beat butter with mixer for 30 sec. Add sugar, powder, soda, and ¼ tsp salt. Beat until combined. Beat in cocoa powder and flour.
2. Shape dough into 1 in balls. Place balls about 2 in apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Place a cherry in each center.
3. For frosting, in a sm. Saucepan combine choc pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir over low heat until choc melts. Stir in 4 tsp reserved cherry juice. Spoon 1 tsp of frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover.
4. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet 1 min. Transfer to wire rack and let cool.
NOTE: Do not substitute imitation chocolate pieces for semisweet. And yes you read it right, frost then bake; the frosting does not run off of cookies!