Your New Favorite Holiday Treat: Chocolate-Coated Cherry Cookies

Every cookie has a story. And sometimes, that story is just the beginning of a tradition that will last for years, even generations to come. Tradition can be as simple as a recipe whose flavors bring back fond memories of time spent with loved ones. All it takes is a warm oven, a handful of ingredients, and a few of your favorite people.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies cut in half This particular recipe for chocolate-coated cherry cookies became a beloved holiday tradition for our friend, Nichelle. In her home, the holidays bring back memories of this tasty treat and its certain brownie-like texture, drizzled in chocolate, with a sweet maraschino cherry baked into the center.

Every Christmas, Nichelle’s mother would let the children help by enlisting them to roll out exactly 48 balls of brownie dough, making an imprint in the center for the cherry.

Nichelle Eating Chocolate Cookie As Nichelle and her siblings grew, part of the tradition became passing this job down to the younger children. And now, three generations of kids have assisted in the chocolate-coated cherry cookie making.

Because this special cookie played such a big role in her childhood holiday festivities, Nichelle assumed that the recipe had been in the family for quite some time. But as it turns out, it was her own mother who had stumbled upon this recipe over thirty years ago. She took it upon herself to make a more exciting cookie than the standard teacakes that filled most holiday cookie tins every year. Thus, a new holiday tradition was born.

Nowadays, chocolate-coated cherry cookies are a non-negotiable part of Nichelle’s holidays, and she plans to carry on her mother’s tradition for years and years to come.

Stack of Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate-coated cherry cookies recipe

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients for Chocolate cherry cookies


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½  teaspoons vanilla
  • 10-ounce jar (or about 45) maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate Cherry Cookies on a Plate


  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar. Beat at a low speed until fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, and continue beating to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the stand mixer bowl, a little at a time, beating until well blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Roll equal-sized portions of dough into 1” balls; place rolled dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Use your thumb to press the center of each piece, creating a small divot.
  6. Drain maraschino cherries, reserving the juice. Place one cherry in the center of each cookie.
  7. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate chunks and sweetened condensed milk. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the leftover cherry juice; add more cherry juice if thinner frosting is desired.
  8. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate frosting over each cherry, covering it completely.
  9. Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack.

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3 Responses to “Your New Favorite Holiday Treat: Chocolate-Coated Cherry Cookies”

  1. Sandy Doebert

    They sound wonderful! One question thought. They are frosted after baking? That is something I've never come across before and want to make sure it's correct before baking. Thanks!

  2. Jo Burns

    They look really yummy. My cousin made a similar cookie but was a vanilla cookie,

  3. Bonnie brasel

    How to store? How long?