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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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I’m not a Valentine’s Day kinda gal.  I don’t do the flowers and chocolates and jewelry and cards thing.  We don’t give mushy cards to each other and don’t get dressed up to go out to dinner or anything.  Neither of us is a romantic, and we like it that way!  However, I see chocolate covered cherries a LOT this time of year … it’s popular for the holidays, and also for Valentine’s Day. I see them everywhere for a good 4 months out of the year on the shelves, constantly.  That was the inspiration in these cookies!

Chocolate covered cherries are a beautiful combination. Why not try them as a great cookie!? These chewy cookies are loaded with creamy chocolate and tangy cherry flavors!

It took a couple of trials for these cookies to turn out the way I needed them to.  One tip – do not put the cherry all the way into the dough, and do not wrap the cookie around it.  They won’t turn out right.  These are delicious and full of awesome chocolate flavor, with a great fresh burst of a maraschino cherry.  Mmmmm!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 50 maraschino cherries

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Make them:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In your mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  

Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients  (flour, cocoa, salt, powder, and soda) with a whisk.

Slowly add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.

Add the 3 tablespoons cherry juice and mix until well combined.

Make small balls (about 1 inch across) and set 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.

Blot the cherries on paper towels, and place one in the middle of each cookie, pressing in slightly, but not all the way.  The cherry should stick out of the top of the cookie.

Bake for 9-13 minutes until fully cooked.

Allow to cool completely on wire racks, with wax paper underneath.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

Place the chocolate chips and the condensed milk in a microwaveable bowl.

Microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted and combined.

Add 4 more tablespoons of cherry juice and mix to combine completely. 

Allow frosting to cool to room temperature.

Stir, then spoon over the top of each cookie.

This recipe makes about 50 cookies.  The chocolate will set nicely at room temperature.

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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate covered cherries are a beautiful combination. Why not try them as a great cookie!? These chewy cookies are loaded with creamy chocolate and tangy cherry flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 50 maraschino cherries

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In your mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients  (flour, cocoa, salt, powder, and soda) with a whisk.
  • Slowly add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Add the 3 tablespoons cherry juice and mix until well combined.
  • Make small balls (about 1 inch across) and set 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Blot the cherries on paper towels, and place one in the middle of each cookie, pressing in slightly, but not all the way.  The cherry should stick out of the top of the cookie.
  • Bake for 9-13 minutes until fully cooked.
  • Allow to cool completely on wire racks, with wax paper underneath.

MAKE THE FROSTING:

  • Place the chocolate chips and the condensed milk in a microwaveable bowl.
  • Microwave in 30 second intervals until fully melted and combined.
  • Add 4 more tablespoons of cherry juice and mix to combine completely.
  • Allow frosting to cool to room temperature.
  • Stir, then spoon over the top of each cookie.

Notes

Makes about 50 cookies.

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Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

9 Comments

  1. Mary Gardner Reply

    Chocolate covered cherries are a favorite in our house so these would be a fun treat to make.

  2. gloria patterson Reply

    Its always nice to have someone who has screwed up to tell what nnot to do. Beause I would have wrapped the cherry. These looked so good and don’t look that hard to make

  3. These look fantastic! My husband’s favourite treat are chocolate-covered Maraschino cherries. This would be even better than that!

  4. April Morin Reply

    5 stars
    These look so good- especially for the holidays or Valentine’s Day.

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