Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
10 oz. jar maraschino cherries (or any canned pitted cherries)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (or 6 oz. semisweet chocolate)
1/2 cup condensed milk

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda. Set aside
Drain cherries, reserving 4 t. juice. Set aside.

Cream butter with sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gradually add dry ingredients and beat until combined. Set aside.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate with condensed milk. Stir in reserved cherry juice.

Shape cookie dough into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and Make a well in the center of each with your thumb.

Place one drained cherry in each well. Spoon 1 t. of frosting over each cherry and spread to cover it, sealing it between the frosting and the dough.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are firm.

Source of recipe: CM/Jennifer