This is my go-to recipe for chocolate cookies (for now). I made a triple batch of dough and filled some with caramel, some with the cherries, and some with a Hershey's kiss. I loved these the best. Since I had to distinguish which cookie was which, I sprinkled red sugar on top of the dough balls before I put them in the oven. I think it adds a fun, festive touch, but it's definitely optional. I highly recommend you make these for Christmas. They will be devoured.
Fudgy Cherry Bites Recipe
Makes about 24
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5 tablespoons butter, melted
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 10 ounce jar of maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixing bowl, beat together the melted butter, cocoa, and sugars until it resembles coarse sand (you can use an electric mixer or do this by hand). Add in the sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in the baking soda and salt. Mix in the flour. Take about one tablespoon of dough and wrap it around the cherries.
Place the balls on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on the pan for two minutes before removing to a flat surface to cool.
Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod