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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe

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I always make these cookies for family gatherings, and they never last very long. They require a little extra effort, but they're worth it. —Marie Kinyon, Mason, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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 (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 177 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy; 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 one cherry halfway into each ball.
  2. 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. Spoon 1 teaspoon of frosting over each cherry (the frosting will spread over cookie during baking).
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies in Country December/January 1993, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 177 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

I have used pecans halves, pineapple tidbits, Andes Candies, peanut butter, and (Wilton) chocolate discs as well as cherries for the middle. I make a double batch of dough and use one batch of frosting along with center options I listed before. There is bound to be something in that list for everyone.

Tried caramels (wrapped, cut into fourths and the bits) but they don't soften enough in the short cooking time.

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

My son just loved these cookies I didn't try them since I don't like Cherries but he really loved them I will be making them again for him

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

Dough should probably be refrigerated before baking. I did not refrigerate dough and my little dough balls flattened out a lot while in the oven

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

The trick to this recipe is preparing all the cookies at once .Place the balls on sheets. Place the cherries and the topping. Its ok if you then cook them in batches.I have been making these for over 20 years,. If you do it this way the topping maintains its shape and won't slide off. Also, make sure you seal the cherry with the topping.

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

These are a very tasty and soft cookie. I had no problem with the icing staying in place and they came out looking like the picture. My only complaint was that they crumbled easily.

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