Chocolate and cherry are a classic flavor combination. The two go together so well that combining them in a cookie seems like a no-brainer. These delightful chewy chocolate cookies are made with maraschino cherries and covered in a rich chocolate glaze. Find out why I consider these to be the best chocolate covered cherry cookies.
This recipe was inspired by my chocolate butterscotch cake mix cookies which are great to try if you are a chocolate lover.
Why these chocolate cherry cookies awesome
- all purpose flour
- baking soda
- baking powder
- sweetened condensed milk
- granulated sugar
- mini chocolate chips
- softened butter
- cocoa powder
- maraschino cherries, chopped
- powdered sugar
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make chocolate covered cherry cookies
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use parchment paper or a baking mat to line a baking sheet. Allow the maraschino cherries to dry on a paper towel after draining. Slice the maraschino cherries in halves or quarters, depending on how big you want the pieces in your cookies to be.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add sweetened condensed milk to the creamed mixture and blend until creamy.
Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt until well combined. Blend in the flour until it is completely mixed.
Add chocolate chips and chopped cherries.
Next, add the cocoa powder. Mix for 30 seconds on medium speed until the cocoa powder is incorporated.
Use a cookie scoop to form 1-inch balls of dough, and drop them 2” apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. The tops should no longer look glossy.
Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie tray for 15 minutes.
While the cookies are cooling, you can make the chocolate glaze.
How to make chocolate glaze for cookies
Melt the chocolate chips over medium heat in a small saucepan, using the double boiler method, or pop them in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring frequently with a spoon, until the chocolate stirs smooth.
Add the milk and stir over low heat.
Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and whisk until smooth.
Drizzle the cookies with the chocolate glaze when they are completely cool. You can move the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Let the glaze harden for 15 minutes before serving.
A fun twist on these cherry chocolate chip cookies is topping with a white chocolate glaze instead of a milk chocolate glaze. Simply follow the same directions for the glaze, but use white chocolate chips instead.
Another wonderful cookie you might want to try with similar flavors are these Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen.
Best Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoon milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or a baking mat.
- Drain the maraschino cherries and allow them to dry on a paper towel.
- Slice the maraschino cherries in halves or quarters, your choice.
- Mix butter and sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer.
- Add sweetened condensed milk and blend until creamy.
- Add baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt, mix until combined.
- Add flour and blend until fully incorporated using the mixer.
- Add chocolate chips, chopped cherries and cocoa powder.
- Mix for 30 seconds on medium speed until the cocoa is incorporated.
- Use a cookie scoop to form balls of dough, and drop them 2” apart on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The tops should no longer look glossy.
- Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes.
To make glaze
- Melt the chocolate chips over medium heat, using the double boiler method, or pop them in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until the chocolate stirs smooth.
- Add the milk and stir.
- Add the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
- Drizzle glaze over cookies and allow to cool and harden for 15 minutes.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You can store these chewy cherry cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Because of the chocolate on top, you will want to store these in a single layer or separate them with a sheet of wax paper.
You can use dried cherries instead. Simply chop and use the same amount as you would maraschino cherries.