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Cherry Bon Bon Cookies

Servings: 48 cookies
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Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar, plus ½ cup for rolling dough
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons [cherry flavoring]
  • 48 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 package, 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg, vanilla and cherry flavoring; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Place the ½ cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball between palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart. Using your thumb, make indentation in center of each ball. Fill each indentation with a cherry.
  • In a small pan over low heat, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk, heat until chocolate is melted. Spoon 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 3 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Source: Adapted from Northwest Cherries

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