• 48 Ratings

For these fudgy treats, you spread the frosting on the cookies before baking. Just be sure to use real chocolate (not imitation) because a not-so-real product will not bake properly.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

30 mins
10 mins at 350°


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  • In a mixing bowl combine flour and cocoa; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until well combined. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

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  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet. Press down center of each ball with thumb. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the center of each cookie. In a small saucepan combine the chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk; heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.

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  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the frosting over each cherry on unbaked cookie, spreading to cover cherry. (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.)

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  • Bake in 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until done. Remove to wire rack; cool. Cover and store at room temperature up to 2 days. Makes 48 cookies.

Nutrition Facts

81 calories; total fat 3g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 11mg; sodium 45mg; carbohydrates 12g; protein 1g; vitamin a 21RE; calcium 10mg; iron 0mg.


48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
I have been making these cookies for 17 years and everyone that tries them-loves them!
Rating: Unrated
Our family has enjoyed this cookie every Christmas season for many years. In fact, we have renamed "Benchmark cookie". It's eveyones favorite.