Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


4 dozen

Updated: Sep. 01, 2023
Although these cookies require a little extra effort, they’re worth it. I make them for every family gathering—and they never last long! —Marie Kinyon, Mason, Michigan
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture (batter will be very firm). Shape into forty-eight 1-in. balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Push 1 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.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Spoon 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry while the cookie is still warm. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 89 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.