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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

COOKIE DOUGH :
1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 cup sugar 
1 egg 
11/2 teaspoons vanilla 
11/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
24–48 maraschino cherries, drained, reserve juice

Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients, except cherries. Blend. Dough will be stiff. Shape dough into 48 (1-inch) balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet (or spray with nonstick spray). Push 1/2 (or whole) cherry into each ball. When all cookies are molded, prepare Chocolate Frosting and use immediately.

Chocolate Frosting:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
11/2 teaspoons reserved cherry juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt chocolate with milk, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until smooth. Spread 1/2 teaspoon Frosting over each cherry. Bake at 350° for 8–10 minutes. Yields 4 dozen
cookies.




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