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

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I first tasted these cookies during a “cookie swap” at work a few years ago. Now I make them every Christmas for our family get-together. People who haven’t had them are always delighted by the “hidden treasure” inside.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening


  1. Pat cherries with paper towels to remove excess moisture; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cherry juice and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Insert a chocolate chip into each maraschino cherry. Wrap a tablespoon of dough around each cherry. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a microwave, melt remaining chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on wax paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies in Country Extra November 2007, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"don't know why people had such a hard time with dough. I found it very easy to work with and the cookies were awesome my family always rates a new recipe and we gave it an A+"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"One of the best! A must every holiday season. Worth the little effort they take."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"These cookies are delicious! The prep work takes awhile so leave yourself plenty of time, but I promise that the end result is worth the work put in."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"Also, after wrapping the dough, gently roll it into a ball, it helps to keep the dough around the cherry."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"We enjoyed this recipe. I also drizzled the chocolate. IMPORTANT: follow the directions carefully! Gradually add the the dry ingredients, like 1/4 cup at a time until combined. If you add them too fast the dough will crumble and be difficult to work with."

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