This has many steps but is very easy. This was also created BEFORE MICROWAVES, so...
1/2 c butter or margarine
1 c sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/3 c cocoa
1/4 t baking power
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries (about 44)
2/3 c sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
(Personal Tip: The night before drain cherries, leave in strainer, and refrigerate overnight. Cherries need to be as dry as possible inside and out before use.)
Make chocolate frosting first and set aside. Remove cherries from frig.
Frosting: In small saucepan combine sweetened condensed mild and chocolate chips. Stir constantly over low heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool thoroughly.
Heat oven to 350 degrees
In large mixing bowl cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart (these cookies spread out while baking) on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each cookie the thumb to make indentation and place 1 cherry in the center on indention. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are set. Remove from cook sheet and cool on wire rack. Drop teaspoon of frosting over cherry, spreading it to cover cherry completely.