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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 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 (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

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"We absolutely love these!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Made these cookies to bring for a Christmas get together and they were a big hit! I got 39 cookies. I think next time I might spray the pan w/cooking spray as a couple of the cookies stuck a little but overall they came out of the pan with little trouble. Frosting was very good and could definitely be used on other cookies, etc."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"This is the first time I am leaving a comment but I have to. These cookies were not good at all. They went flat in the oven and they crumbled so much. They were ok when they were first taken out of the oven and still warm but after they got cold no one could eat them. I don't know what I did wrong compared to all the people who loved them."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"I found this recipe to really be good! I used: 1/2 tsp. EACH of baking powder, baking soda and salt in this recipe! I got 32 cookies on my first batch and about 36 cookies on my 2nd batch. I greased my baking sheets. For me, I prefer to grease the sheets and I find that it's easier for me to remove the cookies from the baking sheets! I found that just using a regular teaspoon-the type one uses at the meal table easiest for me to work with when spooning the chocolate mixture over the cookies before baking. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and 1 Tbsp. of maraschino cherry juice over boiling water until smooth. Whatever was left of the frosting, I spooned over the baked cookies where I found some of the cherry still showing! By the way: This cherry frosting is excellent for using on a square cake or on brownies if one wishes to use the frosting for that purpose! Thank you for sharing this recipe! This is a wonderful recipe for holiday-type cookies! Also: I'd used stemmed maraschino cherries in which I removed the stems before I pressed the cherries into cookies! delowenstein"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"I have been making these cookies since I first tried them in 1993,when I saw the recipe in your magazine.They are my absolute Favorite cookie.Everyone at our house Love them.They are kinda putsie to make, but well worth the effort!!I LOVE THEM!!!"

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