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Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Courtesy of National Cherry Growers
Servings: 54
Prep Time: 20 Min.
Cook Time: 10 Min.
What you need:
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+ 1 c. sugar
+ 1/2 c. margarine or butter, softened
+ 1 egg
+ 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
+ 1/3 c. buttermilk, milk or water
+ 1 tsp. vanilla
+ 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour*+ (see below)
+ 1/2 tsp. baking soda
+ 1/2 tsp. salt
+ 4 16 oz. jars maraschino cherries, stemless or halves

Chocolate Frosting:
+ 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
+ 2 Tbsp. margarine or butter
+ 3 Tbsp. water
+ 1+ c. powdered sugar
What to do:
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Chop cherries, reserving 50 halves for garnish. Mix sugar, margarine, egg, chocolate, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cherries.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful about 2 in. apart into ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until almost no indentation remains when touched; cool. Frost with Chocolate Frosting or dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with cherry halves, if desired.
3. For frosting: Heat chocolate and margarine/butter over low heat until melted; remove from heat. Stir in water and powdered sugar until smooth.

**Note: If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt.