Buried Cherry Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Halve any large cherries. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in cocoa powder and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Place a cherry in each center.
- For frosting, in a small saucepan combine chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Stir in 4 teaspoons reserved cherry juice. (If necessary, frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice.) Spoon 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
From the Test Kitchen
Do not substitute imitation chocolate pieces for semisweet chocolate pieces.
Blondie Buried Cherry Cookies:
Prepare as above, except increase baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon and omit baking soda. Substitute almond extract for the vanilla, omit the cocoa powder, and increase flour to 2 cups.
Test Kitchen Tip
If desired, pipe the frosting onto cookies. Fill a resealable plastic bag with the frosting and snip a small hole in one corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag, piping the frosting in a circular motion over each cherry piece to cover. Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store a room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts (Buried Cherry Cookies)
- Per serving:
- 101 kcal cal.,
- 4 g fat
- (2 g sat. fat,
- 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
- 1 g monounsatured fat),
- 12 mg chol.,
- 46 mg sodium,
- 16 g carb.,
- 1 g fiber,
- 12 g sugar,
- 1 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Next time, I'd buy a bigger jar of cherries and chopped them up which could mean a "bite of cherry" in each bite of cookie!
These were a family favorite this season and I'd definitely make them again!