Prep Time: 20 Min.
Cook Time: 10 Min.
What you need:
* 1 c. sugar * 1/2 c. margarine or butter, softened * 1 egg * 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled * 1/3 c. buttermilk, milk or water * 1 tsp. vanilla * 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour** (see below) * 1/2 tsp. baking soda * 1/2 tsp. salt * 4 16 oz. jars maraschino cherries, stemless or halves
Chocolate Frosting: * 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate * 2 Tbsp. margarine or butter * 3 Tbsp. water * 1+ c. powdered sugar
What to do:
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Chop cherries, reserving 50 halves for garnish. Mix sugar, margarine, egg, chocolate, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cherries. 2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful about 2 in. apart into ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until almost no indentation remains when touched; cool. Frost with Chocolate Frosting or dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with cherry halves, if desired. 3. For frosting: Heat chocolate and margarine/butter over low heat until melted; remove from heat. Stir in water and powdered sugar until smooth.
**Note: If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt.