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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Delights

Chocolate-covered cherries were my dad’s favorite candy, so I designed these cookies for him. They’re super-cute with a fudgy sauce and coconut surprise inside. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup vanilla frosting
  • 48 maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until blended. Gradually beat in cherry juice and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and cocoa; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in coconut, cherries and chocolate chips.
  • Shape dough into 48 balls (about 1-1/4 in.); place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Fill each cookie with 3/4 teaspoon frosting. Top with cherries. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spoon over cherries. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 160 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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