While on vacation this summer, I read the book "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke. The author included some very good cookie recipes throughout the book. I want to pass the book on to my swap partner in the Used Media Swap on Zaar, I am posting the recipes here so I can try them later. If you make the cookies before me, please leave a review to let us know how good they are. FYI, the author did not indicate how many cookies the recipe makes so I guessed. I will post a correction as soon as I know better. Oh, one more thing - the book was fun to read. (Author's note about this recipe: "A plate of these should be in every psychiatrist's office - - two Chocolate-Covered Cherry Delights will lift anyone out of a depression)
- Preheat oven to 350°F, rack in middle position.
- Melt butter and mix in sugar.
- Let mixture cool.
- Add eggs, mix thoroughly.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla and cocoa, stirring after each addition.
- Add flour and mix well (dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly).
- Drain cherries, remove stems, reserve juice.
- Pat dough into walnut-sized balls.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet, 12 to a standard sheet.
- Press down in center with thumb to make a deep indentation.
- Place one cherry in each indentation.
- In a saucepan, over simmering water (double boiler), combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk.
- Heat on low until the chips are melted.
- Add approximately 1/8 cup of reserved cherry juice and stir to a thick sauce.
- If sauce is too thick, carefully add a little more juice. Test with a teaspoon. If it doesn't glob off, it is too thick.
- Spoon the sauce over the center of each cookie, just enough to cover each cherry. Make sure it doesn't drip down the sides.
- Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.
- Remove to rack to finish cooling.