Monday, December 5, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

These chocolate cherry cookies are one of my favorites that I remember making every year.  They are relatively simple, but look extra special with the cherry half and the chocolate drizzle.  I usually use white chocolate, but found some green candy melts and thought it would look extra festive!

Chocolate Cherry Cookies
makes 4 dozen
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries
6 oz chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.  Roll dough into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet.  Press down with your thumb to make an imprint, and place a cherry in the center of the cookie (I cut the cherries in half and only use a half for each cookie).  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  When cookies are cooled, drizzle with chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.

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