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    List of Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 egg
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    48 undrained maraschino cherries (about 1 10-ounce jar)
    1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
    1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


    In a mixing bowl combine flour and cocoa; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat till well combined. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet. Press down center of each ball with thumb. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the center of each cookie. In a small saucepan combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk; heat till chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice.
    Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. (Yes, this is done BEFORE baking)! (Frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary.)
    Bake in 350 degree oven about 10 minutes or till done. Remove to wire rack; cool.
    Makes 48 cookies.




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