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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

These cookies are inspired by my dad's favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!   

close up plate of chocolate covered cherry cookies with fudge icing

     Take two holiday favorites and smoosh them into one fabulous treat.  Chocolate covered cherries and cookies unite into these fabulous chewy treat. The result is perfectly munchable, full of chocolate and studded with cherry goodness. You'll want some on every cookie tray.

   I just love Christmas cookies!  I love making them and I love eating them.

    There are certain cookies we have to have every year.  Of course you need sugar cookies.  Then there are the fudge dipped crescents.

    We have to have the chocolate dipped Ritz crackers and peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and buckeyes just to name a few.

   We only make most of them at this time of the year. So it is something to look forward to every holiday season.

mixing bowl filled with chocolate cookie dough, white chocolate chips and chopped cherries for chocolate covered cherry cookies

    As much as I love the traditional cookies, I also love to try new things.  When I saw this recipe for White Chocolate Maraschino Cookies at Tabler Party of Two, I was inspired.

     Pops loves chocolate covered cherries. So I couldn't wait to put my spin on it and make it a chocolate covered cherry cookie.

   My husband ate half the batch himself and some went on cookie trays. Unfortunately Pops only ended up getting a few.

Poor Pops!  I'll just have to make more!

Cookies shown here with fudge dipped crescent cookies and sugar cookies

This recipe makes 5 dozen cookies if you use a small cookie scoop, 3 dozen with a medium cookie scoop.  For most folks, that may be enough. Apparently I need to start making double batches.

    Though these chewy delicious chocolate covered cherry cookies remind me of Christmas, they would be fabulous any time of the year. You can always freeze some for later too.

      Alternatively, you can scoop balls of dough onto a cookie tray and freeze them.  Throw the frozen balls of dough into a freezer bag.

bunch of chocolate covered cherry cookies with chocolate frosting on cooling rack

    Those frozen balls of dough will be ready to bake at a moment's notice.  They may take an extra few seconds to bake, but you can bake them straight from the freezer!

      I don't know about you, but I am always on board for freshly baked cookies... so I'm off to the kitchen to make some dough!

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Yield: 36 servings

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

These cookies are inspired by my dad's favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved or rough chopped
  • 2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar


How to cook Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  6. Place mounded tablespoon sized balls of dough on parchment lined baking sheets and place in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  8. Take cookie sheets from the freezer and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the centers are set.
  9. Cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet then remove to a wire rack.
  10. For the fudge, melt chocolate chips, butter and milk in a double boiler. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  11. Spread over cookies and let sit out until the fudge is set. Then you can stack them and store in an airtight container.
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These cookies are inspired by my dad's favorite Christmastime treat, chocolate covered cherries. They are dotted with cherries and white chocolate chips to give the full flavor and the fudge frosting makes them soooo good!


  1. I love chocolate covered cherries and cookies. This was a very creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! Once I had the idea I couldn't get it out of my mind!

  2. Thank you for sharing, my husband is going to love this recipe!

    And thank you for linking up to the Holidays Celebration Link Party!

    1. I hope he does love them! Mine ate a bunch of them, which is really strange for him. My poor dad who inspired them only got 3! Thanks for hosting.

  3. These cookies sound so good Carlee!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

  4. I love chocolate covered cherries and these cookies look so yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    1. I hope you give them and try and love them! Thanks for hosting, Sandy!

  5. What a neat sounding recipe!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thank you, it was fun to see it come to life after imagining it!

  6. I love cherry anything! and combine it with chocolate, mmm! Thanks for joining us on the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again in two weeks (on Dec 29th).

    1. Me too! Thanks for hosting, have a merry Christmas!

  7. I love cherries and chocolate together. I'm supposed to be baking cookies right now but, of course I'm on the iternet! Thanks for joining us at #SaucySautrdays, Carlee!

    1. Me too! This weekend and last weekend have been so busy baking that I feel behind on Monday because I haven't been online as much as normal! Then I feel bad because it takes me all week to catch up on by bloglovin' feed! Thanks for hosting!

  8. Chocolate..a way to a gals heart...YUM!!! And cherries...just make it heaven in a cookie form will ya!! :-)

  9. My son loves any and all things cherry! Can't wait to surprise him with these cookies.

  10. Pops loved them and won't complain if you feel compelled to make more!

  11. These look delightful.... You know I love the cherry chocolate combo!

  12. Oooooohhhhh, chocolate covered cookie form.....I think I'm in heaven.

  13. I remember these as I put them on the trays that year after I saw them. Huge hit!

  14. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenNovember 21, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    It's hard to go wrong with chocolate and cherries. These look wonderful, Carlee!

  15. Audrey loves chocolate and cherries. I'm going to have to tell her to make these!!!


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