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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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Delectable and oh-so-pretty, these chocolate cherry cookies are rich, decadent, and topped with a juicy maraschino cherry and chocolate drizzle.
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  1. Chocolate Cherry Cookies Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Chocolate Cherry Cookies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These chewy chocolate cherry cookies taste like the cherry cordial candies found during the holidays! Soft cookies with a rich chocolatey flavor are topped with a plump maraschino cherry and drizzled with chocolate ganache that takes them over the top in the indulgence department.

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Chocolate Cherry Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (17.25-ounce) bag of sugar cookie mix 
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 26 maraschino cherries, drained
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

DRIZZLE: Instead of melting the chocolate chips and heavy cream, you can use white candy melts and melt them according to package directions before placing them in the Ziploc bag to drizzle on top of the maraschino chocolate cherry cookies. The white drizzle against the chocolate cookie gives them a more festive look. 

How to Make This Chocolate Cherry Cookies Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Lining your baking sheets with parchment paper helps the maraschino cherry chocolate cookies bake evenly and prevents them from spreading too much. It also makes cleanup a breeze!

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, mix the sugar cookie mix and the cocoa with a fork until well combined. 

sugar cookie mix and cocoa combined together

STEP THREE: Using an electric mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and egg together in a large bowl. It will take about 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 

STEP FOUR: Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed until a stiff dough forms. You may need to use a sturdy spatula to mix in the last bits of dry ingredients if the dough is too stiff for your mixer. 

STEP FIVE: Scoop the cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet using a small cookie scoop. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

cookie dough scooped onto a baking sheet

STEP SIX: As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, use the back of a teaspoon to make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Set them aside to cool. 

STEP SEVEN: While the cookies are cooling, place the heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds until heated to boiling. Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Transfer the melted chocolate into a small sandwich bag and snip the corner to make a piping bag. Set aside. 

STEP EIGHT: When the cookies are cool, place a small amount of the melted chocolate in the well, then place a maraschino cherry inside each cavity. Drizzle the remaining chocolate on each cookie. Let the chocolate set for 5 minutes or until firm before serving. 

PRO TIP:

If you are cooling your cookies on a wire rack, you can place the rack over a piece of parchment paper on your counter, and when you drizzle your ganache, the excess drips will fall on the parchment paper and make clean up much easier.

melted chocolate and cherry in the well and drizzle chocolate

How To Serve

These chewy chocolate cookies would make a great addition to your holiday cookie tray. Whip up a batch of our Grinch snowball cookies and Christmas wreath cookies for a trio of delicious treats.

If you love this classic combination of chocolate and cherries, check out our cherry chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cherry pie for two more delightfully easy recipes.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER/IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover chocolate-covered cherry cookies in a single layer or multiple layers with wax paper between each layer. The cookies can be stored in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing these chocolate maraschino cherry cookies as the chocolate ganache won’t have the same texture once thawed.

overhead shot of Chocolate Cherry Cookies on a plate

Add our heavenly chocolate cherry cookies to your cookie jar all year round. Dotted with juicy maraschino cherries, loaded with chocolatey goodness, and topped with a sweet cherry and rich chocolate ganache, this is the perfect cookie.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to use store-bought dough, or can I make my own?

We simplified this maraschino cookies recipe by using a store-bought cookie dough mix. If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe you love, feel free to adapt it to suit this recipe. 

Can I make these cherry chocolate cookies ahead of time and freeze them?

Because of the chocolate drizzle, I don’t recommend making this great recipe in advance. 

What size cookie scoop should I use for these maraschino cherry cookies?

The volume of the cookie scoop we used is approximately 2 tablespoons.

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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Delectable and oh-so-pretty, these chocolate cherry cookies are rich, decadent, and topped with a juicy maraschino cherry and chocolate drizzle.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 26

Ingredients
  

  • 17.25 ounces sugar cookie mix
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 26 maraschino cherries, drained
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the sugar cookie mix and the cocoa with a fork until well combined.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat the softened butter, cream cheese, and egg together in a large bowl. It will take about 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed until a stiff dough forms. You may need to use a sturdy spatula to mix in the last bits of dry ingredients if the dough is too stiff for your mixer.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet using a small cookie scoop. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, use the back of a teaspoon to make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Set them aside to cool.
  • While the cookies are cooling, place the heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds until heated to boiling. Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Transfer the melted chocolate into a small sandwich bag and snip the corner to make a piping bag. Set aside.
  • When the cookies are cool, place a small amount of the melted chocolate in the well, then place a maraschino cherry inside each cavity. Drizzle the remaining chocolate on each cookie. Let the chocolate set for 5 minutes or until firm before serving.

Notes

  • Lining your baking sheets with parchment paper helps the maraschino cherry chocolate cookies bake evenly and prevents them from spreading too much. It also makes cleanup a breeze!
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
  • If you are cooling your cookies on a wire rack, you can place the rack over a piece of parchment paper on your counter, and when you drizzle your ganache, the excess drips will fall on the parchment paper and make clean up much easier.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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