Chocolate Cherry Cookies
1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup margarine (half a stick), room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 to 2 tsp vanilla extract
1 10 oz jar small maraschino cherries
semi sweet chocolate, either chips or baking squares
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Stir dry ingredients and set aside.
Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Beat in flour mixture a little at the time.
It should be a stiff dough, add more flour or cocoa, if you need to.
Put in fridge to chill a bit.
Drain cherries, reserve liquid if you wish for a later use, and make certain they are dry.
Take cookie dough out of fridge.
Put a light coating of oil on hands, or spray them, make a small ball...flatten with palm.
Put cherry in middle of dough, fold over to seal.
Roll into a ball and put on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. As always, my oven cooks different than yours. Adjust time accordingly.
Cool on rack. While cooling...melt chocolate 2 squares or half cup at the time according to directions.
Dip cookies in or drizzle over.
ENJOY!!!! <3 and hUgs!