Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe

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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 chocolate cherry 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
Featured In: Top 10 Cherry Desserts
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice

Directions

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.
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).
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

2 each: 177 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  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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mskitty7499 User ID: 8933978 284721
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2018

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

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Grmmieof15 User ID: 2783637 284692
Reviewed 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!!"

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Pokeymom56 User ID: 2046488 284370
Reviewed 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."

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dcscake_OH User ID: 9295194 283036
Reviewed 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."

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Sherry User ID: 9374195 279922
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2017

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

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 279853
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2017

"My family may have liked better if A chocolate drizzle over the cherry instead of covering with the frosting."

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Dee User ID: 9374698 279804
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2017

"Help, Help. I made this recipe exactly as printed. The cookies spread out to one big thin mess. The icing melted over the cherry and the cherry was left bare. An absolute MESS. Sorry, just reviewed by recipe and found that I messed up. Will try again"

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Sharon User ID: 9314207 279191
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2017

"We have been making this cookie recipe for years. It is a family favorite! It wouldn't be Christmas without these! We make these the same way the recipe is written and they come out perfect every time!"

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Robin User ID: 9345636 278727
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2017

"I have been making this cookie recipe for 4-5 years and I get specifically asked to make it at work every year for our cookie exchange. Also my dad has had me handwrite it into one of his cook books, he loves it so much. The cookie base tastes like a brownie, and the frosting cherry make it a total piece of candy.

The recipe works exactly as written, with putting the icing on before baking. I typically use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate to be safe and ensure I don't burn anything. To do that, just take a wide pan with a rim, put 2-3 inches of water in, put a folded washcloth on the bottom, and use metal bowl or small sauce pan ontop of the washcloth with the chocolate & milk inside. Putting a washcloth between the pans with the water works to break the heat transfer between vessels and is a tip I picked up from working at a bakery years ago. You don't need a special pan to do a double boiler.
Second tip: make the cookie balls small in order to ensure you make 48. Slightly bigger than a quarter? That way they are bite size and it spreads the recipe out.
Third tip: double the recipe. You will want more."

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 278461
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2017

"First, Leslie, don't comment on a recipe you haven't tried. That's bad manners & misleading to others. Thank you. Second, these cookies have always been a huge hit with my family! We've raised six children, four of whom are now married. As our family grows in size with the addition of in-laws & grandchildren, these cookies grow in popularity, too. They're a bit messy to make, but well worth the effort! I made them during the year when we need a special chocolate treat too. I don't change a thing in the recipe!"

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