My five brothers and I lost our mother when we were young, so we started cooking at an early age. Being successful in the kitchen is easy with tried-and-true recipes like this.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture....


  • 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

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