Hidden Cherry Fudge Cookies
This week we are going to blog a few cookie recipes. Bringing homemade cookies to a holiday party as a hostess gift, to a neighbor, or co-worker is a thoughtful and inexpensive way to wish them a happy holiday. These recipes are tried and true from Vicki’s kitchen and we are sure they will become your family’s favorite (and Santa’s too) year after year.
- 1 large, or 2 smaller jars of maraschino cherries
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. unsalted softened butter
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 t. vanilla
- 1 6-oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
Drain the cherries and reserve the juice. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Place butter in a separate mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add sugar to butter and beat until mixed, then add egg and vanilla and beat again. Finally add flour mixture in batches and beat until mixed.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. (Step 1) Place 2 inches apart on several ungreased cookie sheets. Press each cookie with your thumb to make a well. (Step 2) Place a cherry in the center. (Step 3)
In a small saucepan, cook the chocolate chips and milk over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir 4 teaspoon of reserved cherry juice in chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. With a spoon, carefully place a teaspoon of frosting over the cherry until completely covered, or hidden. (Step 4) You can always add additional reserved cherry juice if frosting gets too thick. Once all cookies are frosted, bake for about 10 minutes. Makes approximately 30-40 cookies.