My Favorite Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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These chocolate cherry cookies are made with a soft chocolate cookie, baked with a maraschino cherry inside and topped with a delicious chocolate fudge. They are absolutely delicious!

Chocolate cherry cookies on a napkin.

I usually make these cookies around the holidays, but as the years go on I’m learning that they’re actually a terrific year-round chocolate cookie! By far they are my most requested cookie to make because of their fudgy-chocolately-cherry deliciousness.

Maraschino Cherries

We used the real maraschino cherries… not the artificial, red-dyed ones sold at the grocery store, but the REAL ones to make them even better!

These are made in Italy and are the original maraschino cherries. Honestly, there is no comparison to the bright red ones. They’re rich in taste and texture and aren’t filled with artificial flavors or dyes.

They have the perfect crunch sound to them when you take a bite and yummy cherry juice spills out. Real maraschino cherries are the secret ingredient to making these cookies stand out from the rest.

jar of maraschino cherries

Once bite and you get the taste of the chocolate fudge and the real, juicy cherry inside. These are perfect year round, but especially good in a holiday cookie box!

Maraschino cherries on a platter and one baked into a chocolate cookie.

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Follow our recipe below for the full details on how to make the best chocolate cherry cookies. You’ll need a jar of maraschino cherries to make this recipe.

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Chocolate-Cherry Cookies 

I usually make these cookies around the holidays, but as the years go on I’m learning that they’re actually a terrific year-round chocolate cookie!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 jar of Luxardo maraschino cherries, undrained

Chocolate Coating

  • 1/2 cup sweetened-condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 4 tablespoons of the reserved cherry juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar and baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat in egg and vanilla and gradually add in the flour.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart. Press down in the center of each ball with your thumb and add a cherry in the middle.
  • For the frosting, add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips into a saucepan. When the chocolate is melted, add the cherry juice. Stir constantly so the milk and chocolate won’t burn.
  • Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate sauce on top of the cherry and spread to cover the cherry only. Bake for 7-9 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 thoughts on “My Favorite Chocolate Cherry Cookies”

  1. Yes this is look and taste also great. I made it today. Because am in the home today. My kids are like for this. They ate lot of cookies and they said make more cookies in next day. Thank you friend.

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  2. Wow yummy chocolate flavor recipe. I want to make it and eat as soon as. Because try to made it at today.

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  3. Usually I make cookies for kids. But this is quite new for me. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try this in the weekend. My little ones will love this.

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  4. I made cookies every festival. Especially for Christmas. I and my kids are love chocolate cherry cookies very much.
    It is one of the favorite foods of us.

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  5. I feel the juiciness of cherry and the quick crunch of the cookie in my mouth and hoping to bake this on my weekends for tea time.

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