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Cherry Chocolate Cookies

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/8 t salt
18 maraschino cherries, well drained and halved

Chocolate glaze

Chocolate Glaze: Combine 2 T sugar and 2 T water in small saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and
sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; immediately add 1/2 cup Hershey
Special Dark chocolate chips or Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips,
stirring until melted. Cool until glaze is of spreading consistency.
About 1/2 cup glaze.

1. Heat over to 350 degrees.

2. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add
to butter mixture (dough will be stiff).

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1-inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Press cherry half into center of each ball.

3. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until almost set. Remove from cookie sheet
to wire rack. Cool completely.

Prepare chocolate glaze. Frost each
cookie, leaving top of cherry showing. About 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Pecan Chocolate Cookies: Prepare cookies as directed omitting
cherries. Bake and glaze as directed. Top each cookie with pecan half.


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