Cherry bonbon cookies

Serves 4 dozen


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 tsp. baking powder

1 large egg

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1-1/2 tsp. cherry flavoring (optional)

48 sweet fresh cherries, pitted

1 package (6oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Combine flour and cocoa; set aside.
  2. 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 degrees.
  3. In 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.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until done. Remove to wire racks and cool.

Source: Recipe adapted from and photo by Northwest Cherries

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