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dark chocolate covered cherry cookies on a white plate

Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

A chocolate cookie with a maraschino cherry on top, covered with a cherry chocolate topping.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen (approx.)



  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark or regular cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained (reserve juice for topping)


  • 6- ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • juice reserved from jar of cherries


Make the Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and soda, blending well; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar on low speed until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; beat until smooth and well blended.
  • With hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet. Press down center of dough with thumb. Drain maraschino cherries well, reserving juice. Place a cherry in the center indention of each cookie.

Make the Glaze:

  • In small saucepan, combine chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk; heat on low until chocolate is melted. Stir in 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the reserved cherry juice. If frosting seems too thick to spoon over cookies, thin with a little more cherry juice.
  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the topping over each cherry, spreading to cover cherry.

Bake the Cookies:

  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until done. Remove to wire rack to cool. Store in airtight container.


Source: Adapted from About.com
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword cherry, chocolate, cookies, dessert, holiday