Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 10 mins

These little hidden treasures are sure to tempt your sweet tooth anytime! Great for adding onto your holiday trays to family, friends and co-workers. Cooking time is time per tray.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Halve any large cherries.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer, on medium to high speed, for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.
  6. Beat in cocoa powder, and as much of the flour as you can with mixer.
  7. Stir in remaining flour using a wooden spoon.
  8. Shape dough into 1" balls.
  9. Place balls about 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Place a cherry in each center.
  11. For Frosting:.
  12. In a small saucepan combine chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk.
  13. Cook and stir, over low heat, until chocolate is melted.
  14. Stir in 4 teaspoons reserved cherry juice.
  15. Spoon 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover (frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice, if necessary).
  16. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are firm. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet.
  17. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.
  18. Note:
  19. For best results DO NOT substitute imitation chocolate pieces.


Most Helpful

I'm not sure if I put in a little too much flour (I didn't sift) or if it was because I was using medium eggs. But the dough was a bit dry. I ended up adding another egg & they turned out perfect. These are one of my favorite cookies, both to eat & to make.

sillysukimo December 23, 2010

These are the best! I had lost this recipe and was so happy to find it here again. The cookies are soft and delicious and the icing was perfect do add about 1 teaspoon more cherry juice.! I baked mine for 8 minutes as ovens vary. Fabulous reviews from my family and friends. Happy New Year!

mopage7 December 26, 2009

Made these last Christmas. We brought them to a company Christmas party and they were everyone's favorite cookie. My favorite as well. Best cookies ever. Cheers.

Chef MissMom October 09, 2009

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