Happy Valentines Day everyone! I am posting this a day early because I bet if you whip up a batch of these super moist, super gooey chocolate cherry cookies for that special someone, they will definitely be your valentine!
Buried Cherry Cookies
1 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained, reserve juice
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
Add flour mixture; beat until well combined. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. With thumb, press down the center of each ball. Place a cherry in center.
In a small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of reserved cherry juice.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of chocolate over each cherry, spread to cover. I use a 1 inch scoop to place chocolate directly over cherry. The chocolate covers nicely this way. If chocolate becomes to thick, thin with additional cherry juice. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and cool. (Makes about 36 cookies)
(This recipe has been in my cookbook for many years. I have no idea where the original recipe is from.)
Hmmm, look at that gooey chocolate and cherry filling! A perfect treat for your special Valentine!