Chocolate Cherry Kris Kringles

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
20 to 25 maraschino cherries
2 tablespoons juice from maraschino cherries (optional)
20 to 25 chocolate chips , plus 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream sugar and margarine well. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well. If the dough seems dry, add up to 2 tablespoons of the maraschino cherry juice. Stuff each cherry with a chocolate chip, then wrap in 1 teaspoon dough. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave, and dip top of cookies in melted chocolate.

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