These Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies won’t last long at your next get together. They take a little extra effort, but they’re SO worth it! They’re perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day!
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Chocolate Covered Cherries are one of my all-time favorite confections. Cherry, chocolate, and almond just go together so amazingly and I thought why not try to capture that in a cookie?!
These cookies are festive enough for Christmas (they’re always a hit at cookie exchanges), and perfect for Valentine’s day, too. Because you know, chocolate covered cherries.
These Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies take some extra effort to make, but they’re worth it! They’re so fudgy and delicious, my family asks for these Christmas cookie year after year.
If you love cherries and chocolate, then you’ll want to try my Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Almonds!
Cook’s Tools and ingredients – Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies:
Cook’s Note – Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies:
- These cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- I know it will be hard to resist, but these cookies are best when they’re completely cool. This gives the chocolate a chance to set up again.
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- CHOCOLATE COOKIES:
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
- 48 maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
- MAKE COOKIES: Move oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat, set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until lighter in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract until combined.
- Add flour mixture to mixer bowl, and pulse on lowest setting until flour is combined and no flour streaks remain about 30-60 seconds.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheets about 2 ½ inches apart. Press your thumb about ⅓ of the way down into the center of each dough ball.
- MAKE FROSTING: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips and stir frequently until melted. Remove from heat and stir in maraschino cherry juice.
- BAKE COOKIES: Spoon frosting into the thumbprint of each dough ball, and top with a cherry. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 20 minutes, and then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies.