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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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Courtesy of National Cherry Growers
Servings: 54
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 400F. 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.
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