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Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherry Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherry Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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 waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Nancie User ID: 8988933 258275
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

"I followed the recipe to the letter and found the dough WAY to dry....worked hard to get the dough to stay on the cherries and it crumbled as it cooked. I'm gonna try again and add more butter....hopefully that helps."

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 59151
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+"

KNelson653 User ID: 6047675 59150
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

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

megan_brackett User ID: 6613921 140150
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."

abetz User ID: 1523118 135496
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

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

abetz User ID: 1523118 148034
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."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 63028
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Awful. The dough was way too dry and crumbly. I had to add some milk and more cherry juice to the dough to even have a prayer of being able to work with it. It was nearly impossible to get the dough around the cherries. This recipe was a lot of work with crappy results. The cookies had no flavor at all. It is a fun concept but this recipe really does not work. Another dud from Taste of Home."

kkutz User ID: 4198388 54855
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"the cookie is good but the dough is way to crumbly and hard to wrap the cherries around the dough"

QueenoftheSloths User ID: 449256 84499
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"Dough to ocrumbly to wrap around cherry, just fell apart."

rass1988 User ID: 4151707 59192
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I couldnt get the dough around the cherry to stay and after they were baked they fell apart"

penoll User ID: 1982847 135495
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"Just made these cookies today and they are wonderful. I used chocolate discs that I use to make candy and they worked well with no oil needed! What a great cookie! The dough is wonderful and melts in your mouth! I'm so glad I came over this one!"

gaylerene User ID: 1212977 148033
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"This is a great little cookie. Be sure not to overbake. I did not add the shortening asked for in the recipe to the chocolate chips and they melted just fine and set up a little quicker without the added liquid. I poured the melted chips into a ziploc bag and snipped the corner and drizzled the tops of the cookies with a crisscross pattern for interest."

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