Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
36 maraschino cherries, drained (reserve juice)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1-3 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and extract and mix to combine. Combine the dry ingredients and add gradually to the creamed mixture. Shape into 1-inch balls and lay on prepared cookies sheets. Using your thumb—press down in the center of each cookie and place a cherry in each one.
In a small saucepan on low heat—stir the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until the chocolate is melted. Stir in cherry juice a half teaspoon at a time until it’s just thin enough to spread. Cover each cherry with a teaspoon of chocolate mixture. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack.