I’ve been making Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies for years. Not only are they delicious and unique, but they’re a good way to use up partial cans of condensed milk. If you’re opening a fresh can of condensed milk just to make these cookies, I suggest using the second half of the can for a half batch (8 inch square) pan of Magic Cookie Bars, so keep that in mind. I don’t think you’ll want to double this recipe because it is very tedious and it does not double well.
Back when I first attempted Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies, I made the cookie dough balls a bit larger than they are supposed to be and had a higher ratio of dough to cherry and chocolate. The correct way to make these is with a very small cookie base (you should get 48 balls) with a whole cherry on top and generous spoon of fudge mixture.
Unfortunately, the dough is very thick so molding the little balls takes some time. Also, you’ll need 48 cherries. The original recipe called for one jar, but one jar doesn’t contain 48 cherries so you’ll need two jars.
- 1 1/2 cups well stirred and aerated all-purpose flour (190 grams)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (40 grams Hershey's natural style)
- 4 oz/114 grams softened butter (salted or unsalted okay)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt -- add an extra 1/4 if using unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 48 Maraschino cherries (buy 2 jars to be safe)
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips -- (6 ounce)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- In a bowl, combine flour and cocoa. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 30 seconds or until softened. Add sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda and continue beating until well combined.Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour mixture being careful not to over-beat.
- 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. Spoon about 1 tsp of the chocolate mixture over each cherry on unbaked, spreading to cover cherry.
- (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice if necessary.)
- Bake in preheated oven set to 350° for about 10 minutes or until done. Remove to wire rack and cool. Cover and store at room temperature up to two days.