Double Chocolate Cherry Drops
These rich chocolate cookies are filled with chocolate and chopped maraschino cherries.
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well-drained, chopped, reserve liquid
3 (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon reserved maraschino cherry liquid
Halved maraschino cherries
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 1 cup butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg and almond extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped cherries.
Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
Melt baking chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
Combine chocolate mixture and powdered sugar in small bowl. Stir in half & half and reserved cherry juice until smooth. (If frosting is too thick, stir in additional cherry juice.) Frost cooled cookies. Place 1 cherry half in center of each cookie. Let stand on waxed paper until set.
Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)
Dietary Fiber: <1g
Recipe #11293©2000Land O'Lakes, Inc.