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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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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leslie User ID: 1860050 257791
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"I don't even have to try these cookies to know (after reading recipe and reviews) that they will not turn out right if I follow the recipe. My mother made these every year for bake the cookie, put the cherry on the already baked cookie...they should be puffy right out of the slightly then frost with the icing. The warmth left in the cookie will smooth out the frosting.

So easy ...and delicious...if done right. If it makes no sense, don't try it!"

Brenda User ID: 2626994 257780
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"I have made these numerous times for Christmas- after a little trial and error- i found if you add cherry juice to the dough- they are moister and have more of a cherry taste- also dont put the frosting on until 5 minutes before they are done and make sure the cherry is sealed with the frosting- i actually need to make so many of these due to the request of family members and coworkers, i 5 times the recipe"

Kellapwl User ID: 8683795 240895
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"We absolutely love these!!!"

debstamp User ID: 6321450 216265
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."

craftingchick User ID: 8166937 215186
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."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 213836
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"

Lily380 User ID: 6234992 10271
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!!!"

deilindra User ID: 7922653 47628
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"These are delicious! I frosted them right after they came out of the oven and they looked great. If you cool them in the pan and not on a cooling rack, they do stick and crumble some. I will chop up some cherries for in the batter for my next batch to get more cherry flavor throughout."

ketchupbottle User ID: 7727864 13086
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."

keely27 User ID: 4249986 33853
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"

andi68 User ID: 7556332 25324
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."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 25322
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."

emcook3 User ID: 3449092 201474
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"A delicious cookie. It seems like a lot of steps but actually easy and fast to assemble. The kids in the family loved them a lot, they thought it was a fun surprise to discover a cherry inside. The only thing I would do is put the frosting on after they cook, when I put the frosting on before cooking it seemed to fall off to one side. Putting it on after baking worked out great."

ladyhunter1971 User ID: 6329002 10212
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Not impressed-actually disappointed I wasted my time and ingredients. While they tasted just "ok"...perhaps these would have a more pleasant look to them if the rolled balls were placed in a mini muffin pan as to better hold their shape! I'm an experienced baker and by following this recipe exactly as written, there's no way these cookies and frosting can possibly look anything like the picture. Some details are left out. You're better patting this mixture into an 8x8 pan and making cookie bars. my honest opinion."

T-TW User ID: 6359205 38374
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"These cookies are awesome, if somewhat labor intensive. I used my finger to make an indentation in the cookie dough and set the cherry in before I put the chocolate on top and baked them. They didn't look as pretty as the ones in the picture, so the last batch I made I baked the dough and cherry, then put the chocolate on after they came out of the oven. Those looked nicer. Either way they taste delicious!"

KylieDi User ID: 7256183 14039
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013 Edited Dec. 13, 2014

"These are my favorite cookies! I was worried about the frosting but it turned out well. They're not as pretty as the picture but it didn't make a huge mess! I used a tablespoon cookie scoop and recipe made 27 cookies...I did it twice and got 27 both times. I had plenty of frosting since it made less cookies, so I was generous."

tweetydah User ID: 3933461 47483
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"The recipe clearly says to bake with the frosting on. When doing this the cookie flattens out, frosting runs all over the pan, and they can't be removed from the pan without destroying them. They do have a nice brownie like flavor. I tried baking some without the frosting, and the cookie still spreads much more than shown. I plan to ice them afetr cooling a bit. Disappointing for the effort put into them."

[email protected] User ID: 2582658 47481
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"They all went so quick. Everyone loved them"

cherylrein User ID: 2921847 34273
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Have made this cookie for years. Very good recipe. The frosting just magically turns out just like the picture! Sometimes I put the cherry juice in the frosting, sometimes I don't. Turns out great both ways."

lorstout User ID: 2537668 14038
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"If you like chocolate covered cherries like I do, you will love these cookies. They are not difficult to make, but a bit time consuming. Totally worth the effort though."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 13878
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I tried my first batch with the thick frosting on top as they baked. I wasn't happy with the appearance, so next I just baked the cookie with the cherry on top. After removing them from the pan (only 1-2 minutes of cooling time) I used a small scoop to put a teaspoon of frosting on each cookie, and spread it out. They look great and taste like fudge with a cherry surprise! Yum."

dalan User ID: 1165260 13085
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"These cookies were tremendous! Soft like fudge and very easy to make! Will not wait til Christmas to make them again!"

SmartFunnyBroad User ID: 4329035 25264
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Ok...this cookie sound fabulous and I'd like to try it, but....I gotta know, HOW does the frosting not run off onto the pan if the frosting is put on BEFORE baking??"

mrs.rat User ID: 6667607 13083
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"I made these for the church coffee hour and they were well liked. People were surprised when they bit into the cherry! I wondered how the icing would turn out and it was great. I baked mine in a convection oven for 10 mins. at 350° and was pleased with the outcome. I would make them again."

[email protected] User ID: 1563960 14495
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"These cookies turned out great!! Everyone loved them!! I did double the cookie part of the recipe though because I had a whole bunch of frosting leftover. Also, I froze them and took them out as needed for Christmas parties and they were fine. I just froze them between layers of waxed paper."

recipesoncomputer User ID: 2673491 14037
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"They are delicious and melt in your mouth, will make them again and again."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 13401
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"Made these yesterday...delicious and easy if time consuming. My cookies turned out to be like fudgy brownies. I have a serious sweet tooth that is hard to control during Christmas. This frosting recipe is so easy and delicious. Did not melt during baking but I may have left them in too long, frosting looked dry but was soft when I tasted them. Really good recipe."

bkvwd57 User ID: 6906884 34200
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"The cookie part turned out fine but the frosting turned to hard candy. I will try to tweek the frosting next time, it's too thin. I followed the directions. I even have an oven thermometer so I know the oven was the right temperature."

CinCin6419 User ID: 5738749 14035
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Followed recipe to a tee, epic fail! Frosting completely melted all over the cookie onto the baking sheet. Cookies flattened out. Pretty much ruined every cookie trying to get them off of the pans. Only saving grace was the taste, as long as you don't mind eating tour cookies with with a spoon!"

PBscout14 User ID: 5517978 38726
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Everyone's favorite cookie this year. I had better luck frosting the cookie AFTER baking and placed 1/2 of cherry on top. I also added halved cherries into the batter."

lorican User ID: 2059011 38369
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"These are my favorite cookies in the whole wide world!!!! They are awesome!"

Pat From Frankford User ID: 6843706 47479
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I have company coming spread out over about 7 days (some each day). Would it be okay to freeze this cookies & just bring out a few at a time. I REALLY want to make these. They look delicious. Thanks."

recipesoncomputer User ID: 2673491 38366
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Made them for Christmas, I had a few and they are excellent."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 13984
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"yes- bake them"

Denco24 User ID: 6689112 7062
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"These cookies are my favorite & I've made them many times. I double the frosting recipe so as not to have to skimp with it. The only problem is it's hard to quit eating them!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 33845
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"[quote user="BetteHolland"]

Is this cookie supposed to be baked? The directions don't say but it has raw egg in it
Bette the last line of the directions says:
bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen. "

BetteHolland User ID: 2397641 7060
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Is this cookie supposed to be baked? The directions don't say but it has raw egg in it"

Juansmom User ID: 4627977 25244
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"These are a must-do on my Christmas cookie list! One year in a cookie-induced fog I rolled the dough around the cherry and topped with frosting and baked, instead of dropping the cherry in the thumbprint, frosting and baking. Equally yummy. this cookie stays chewy and moist, store between layers of waxed paper!"

martielovesosu User ID: 358324 34197
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"My cookies do not look good but that really taste good. I don't know what was wrong but they went flat and you can see the cherries. They look horrible but we will enjoy them. I will be embarassed taking them anywhere though."

Neishatipon User ID: 1479098 7059
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I love these cookies! They are so good and always hit the spot. I agree with Aquarelle, DOUBLE the frosting recipe! Mnnn.... these are so so good. I have made them so many many times. They always turn out. I love the frosting. I could just eat it by its self. I might need to triple the icing recipe so I can have some left for the cookies!!!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 13076
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"a little messt to store"

Wilberst User ID: 3298387 14489
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Yum! My husband just came home and sampled them- he was VERY impressed. The only change I made was using almond extract instead of the vanilla because chocolate and almond and cherry go well together."

yvonneb User ID: 4122771 13983
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"My mother inlaw introduced me to this recipe. It is a family favorite. They are the first cookie I bake when I start my hoiday baking."

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 7058
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"I've been baking these for a long, long time too! DELICIOUS and always get compliments."

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 10211
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"These are great cookies, if a bit futzy to make. One thing I've found is that the called-for ingredients for the frosting are not nearly enough. Make a double batch of the frosting and you should be OK."

retrn User ID: 171074 13909
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"I've been baking these cookies for over 40 years. Somebody stole my recipe!!!!"

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