Black Forest Cherry Cookies

Black Forest Cherry Cookies

1 (17.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter or margarine; melted
1 egg
1/2 c. mini choc. chips
1/2 c. maraschino cherries, quartered

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie mix, butter and egg. Mix well.

Stir in chocolate cips and maraschino cherries.

Drop by rounded teasponful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on cookie sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack. When cool frost with chocolate frosting if desired.

Chocolate frosting

3 (1 oz squares) semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons half and half (or milk)
1 to 2 tablespooons maraschino cherry juice

In medium bowl, combine chocolate mixture with 1/2 c. powdered sugar; mix well. Add half and half (or milk) to cherry syrup (start with 1 tablespoon and add a little more syrup if needed) and beat until mixture is smooth.

Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, beating after each addition until mixture is smooth and reaches frosting consistency