From the kitchen of Stephanie Knewasser.  I found this
recipe in a
Better Homes & Gardens magazine many years
ago.  The soft chocolate cookie has a maraschino cherry
center and is topped with a chocolate fudge frosting before it
is baked.  Great for Valentine's Day.  A stand out on
Christmas cookie trays.
Cream:
1/2 c butter
Add:
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Beat until well combined.

Add:
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Beat well.  GRADUALLY add:
1/2 c cocoa
1 1/2 c flour
The dough will go from very dry to sticky.
Stop mixing when it clumps into a ball.
Roll dough into small balls.
Place on ungreased sheet.
Press down center with thumb.

Drain:
16 oz jar maraschino cherries  (SAVE JUICE)
Place cherries in thumbprints.

Microwave for 30 sec:
1 c real semisweet chocolate chips*
1/2 c sweetened condensed milk
Stir until melted. Microwave longer if needed.
Stir in:
4 tsp reserved cherry juice
Generously spoon chocolate over cherry,  spread to cover
cherry.
If hard to spread, add more juice, but excess won't hold it's
shape.

Bake @ 350 10-11 min (cookie should puff).

Let set 2-3 min before transferring to cool.
Cover & store at room temp up to 2 days.
FREEZE WELL, unbaked.

*
NO SUBSTITUTES or it dissolves into cookie.
Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cookies
“Forget love.
I'd rather fall in chocolate."
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