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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

Although these cookies require a little extra effort, they’re worth it. I make them for every family gathering—and they never last long! —Marie Kinyon, Mason, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 48 maraschino cherries, blotted dry
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture (batter will be very firm). Shape into 48 balls, about 1 in. round, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Push 1 cherry halfway into each ball.
  • For frosting, melt chocolate chips in milk in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; add cherry juice and stir until smooth.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Spoon 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry while the cookie is still warm. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 89 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Dawn
    Feb 15, 2021

    These were great. I made them for work last year and were a big hit. Delicious. I made them again this year and the 5 sisters of Notre Dame in our church convent loved them

  • April
    Jan 2, 2021

    These cookies are amazing. I'm not sure if people are reading the recipe incorrectly or what, but you make your cookie dough balls, push cherries halfway into dough, bake cookies with cherries on top (no chocolate topping yet). Make your chocolate topping WHILE cookies are baking. When cookies are finished baking, remove from oven then add your chocolate topping over cherries. Cool on wire rack. Then enjoy.

  • sgronholz
    Dec 13, 2020

    What a great recipe! My husband loves chocolate-covered cherries, so these cookies were the perfect addition to my Christmas cookie tray. A bit more work than some recipes, but well worth it!

  • dhappy
    Nov 14, 2019

    one of my favorite xmas cookies. Many request that they are on the cookie trays. A little more time but well work it.

  • Jae
    Apr 1, 2019

    I was really worried about putting frosting in the oven, but the frosting is really like fudge. It worked best for me, when I picked up each cookie to swirl on the frosting. In the oven the frosting does not melt. It doesn’t move at all. I’m sure everyone at work will love these!

  • mskitty7499
    Mar 7, 2018

    This is one of my favorite cookies. Always a hit, wherever they are served.

  • Grmmieof15
    Mar 6, 2018

    I have never heard of these cookies, and I am a Michiganier born and raised in Michigan these 76 years. But I love chocolate covered cherries !!! So I HAVE to try this recipe !! They sound so tasty!!

  • Pokeymom56
    Feb 27, 2018

    In 1987, I found this exact recipe in a magazine given to me by a neighbor before I went to the hospital to have our fourth son. I have made this recipe every Christmas since, just as written. Perfection! Once, I found our 3 year old (that fourth child) eating a piece of burnt firewood from the fireplace, thinking it was a Chocolate Cherry Cookie. Today he is a pilot in the USAF and I send him these cookies wherever he happens to be.

  • dcscake_OH
    Feb 1, 2018

    I make these on the holidays and on Valentines Day. They are always a hit. I make the frosting more like a glaze, so the cookie stands out. I also, if the dough comes out a little dry, add some milk or cherry juice. These are a great treat.

  • Sherry
    Dec 25, 2017

    5 stars beautiful and delicious, adding to my Christmas repertoire. A chocolate covered cherry cookie.