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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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These cookies are inspired by my dad’s favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!   

close up plate of chocolate covered cherry cookies with fudge icing

     Take two holiday favorites and smoosh them into one fabulous treat.  Chocolate covered cherries and cookies unite into these fabulous chewy treat. The result is perfectly munchable, full of chocolate and studded with cherry goodness. You’ll want some on every cookie tray.

   I just love Christmas cookies!  I love making them and I love eating them.

    There are certain cookies we have to have every year.  Of course you need sugar cookies.  Then there are the fudge dipped crescents.

    We have to have the chocolate dipped Ritz crackers and peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and buckeyes just to name a few.

   We only make most of them at this time of the year. So it is something to look forward to every holiday season.

mixing bowl filled with chocolate cookie dough, white chocolate chips and chopped cherries for chocolate covered cherry cookies

    As much as I love the traditional cookies, I also love to try new things.  When I saw this recipe for White Chocolate Maraschino Cookies at Tabler Party of Two, I was inspired.

     Pops loves chocolate covered cherries. So I couldn’t wait to put my spin on it and make it a chocolate covered cherry cookie.

   My husband ate half the batch himself and some went on cookie trays. Unfortunately Pops only ended up getting a few.

Poor Pops!  I’ll just have to make more!

cookie tray with snowman decorated sugar cookies, fudge dipped pecan crescent cookies and chocolate covered cherry cookies.
Cookies shown here with fudge dipped crescent cookies and sugar cookies

This recipe makes 5 dozen cookies if you use a small cookie scoop, 3 dozen with a medium cookie scoop.  For most folks, that may be enough. Apparently I need to start making double batches.

    Though these chewy delicious chocolate covered cherry cookies remind me of Christmas, they would be fabulous any time of the year. You can always freeze some for later too.

      Alternatively, you can scoop balls of dough onto a cookie tray and freeze them.  Throw the frozen balls of dough into a freezer bag.

bunch of chocolate covered cherry cookies with chocolate frosting on cooling rack

    Those frozen balls of dough will be ready to bake at a moment’s notice.  They may take an extra few seconds to bake, but you can bake them straight from the freezer!

      I don’t know about you, but I am always on board for freshly baked cookies… so I’m off to the kitchen to make some dough!

Yield: 36 Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

chocolate cookies with bits of cherries and fudge icing on cooling rack.

These cookies are inspired by my dad’s favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved or rough chopped
  • 2 cup white chocolate chips

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  6. Place mounded tablespoon sized balls of dough on parchment lined baking sheets and place in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  8. Take cookie sheets from the freezer and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the centers are set.
  9. Cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet then remove to a wire rack.
  10. For the fudge, melt chocolate chips, butter and milk in a double boiler. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  11. Spread over cookies and let sit out until the fudge is set. Then you can stack them and store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cookies are inspired by my dad's favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!

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Amy

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Audrey loves chocolate and cherries. I'm going to have to tell her to make these!!!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 21st of November 2019

It's hard to go wrong with chocolate and cherries. These look wonderful, Carlee!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I agree!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I remember these as I put them on the trays that year after I saw them. Huge hit!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I am so glad you liked them!

Unknown

Saturday 10th of December 2016

One of my favorite combos.

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

mine too!

Carlee

Friday 9th of December 2016

I hope he loves them!

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