Cherry Bonbon Cookies

Cherry Bonbon Cookies
48 cookies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons cherry flavoring (optional)
48 Northwest fresh sweet cherries, pitted
1 package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


Combine flour and cocoa; set aside. With electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and baking powder until blended. Add egg, vanilla, and cherry flavoring; beat until well combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place 1/2 -inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Press down center of each ball with thumb to create a small hollow, fill each center with a cherry. Heat oven to 350°F. In a small pan over low heat, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk, heat until chocolate is melted. Spoon about 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Remove to wire racks and cool.