These Chocolate Cherry Cookies are made of decadent chocolate and sweet tart dried cherries, for a holiday dessert you won’t soon forget!
This post and recipe was created for #ChristmasCookies Week! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% my own.
I’m finding as I’m writing posts this week that all these #ChristmasCookies recipes are flavors that I find to be synonymous with the Christmas season. Chocolate and mint, eggnog, gingerbread. And now, to finish out the week chocolate and cherry. Is it just me, or was a box of chocolate covered cherries always present during the Christmas season when we were kids (and still, today)? I remember them, I love them, and I’ve always loved the flavor combo of chocolate and cherry, too. Although, I’m starting to think I might like the flavor of chocolate and almost anything, because…chocolate.
But there is something about chocolate and (certain) fruit flavors together that is just special. Cherry is one of those fruit flavors. And these Chocolate Cherry Cookies combine rich chocolate with sweet, tart dried cherries for a Christmas dessert you don’t want to miss out on!
I used a little less butter in these cookies than I typically would, which makes the batter a little more crumbly, so don’t be alarmed. They won’t spread the way some cookies do, so make sure you press them down with your hands or a spatula, or you’ll have cookies the shape of your scooper when they’re done. But what you pull out of the oven is a chocolatey cookie with a sweet and tart bite that will have you singing praises.
And these little beauties are super duper amazing while warm. Still delicious once cooled, but that warm, melty chocolate is definitely something you want to have right out of the oven. Well, maybe let them cool a minute or two first, but then…grab yourself a cookie, and savor each bite! And if you want that same experience later, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds (no more than 5) and you can experience that joy all over again!
How to make Chocolate Cherry Cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix until just combined. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined.
4. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.
5. Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. If the dough seems a little crumbly, you can use your fingers to help press into together better.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Or, you know, eat a few while they’re warm!
Add these Chocolate Cherry Cookies to your holiday baking list for a new and fun twist on the chocolate covered cherry!
If you love this recipe, here are a few more chocolate cherry dessert recipes to try!
– Dark Chocolate Cherry & Peppermint Snowflake Bark
– Black Forest Cheesecake
– Chocolate Cherry Gallette by Baking a Moment
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Adams Extract vanilla extract
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Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix until just combined. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. If the dough seems a little crumbly, you can use your fingers to help press into together better. These cookies hold their shape and don't really spread, so you will want to press down on the top with your hand or a spatula to flatten them out some, unless you want a scooper-shaped cookie ball!
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Or, you know, eat a few while they’re warm!
Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookies Week! And a huge thank you to our sponsors Adams Extract and Millican Pecan Company for supporting the bloggers and events like Christmas Cookies Week.
Check out today’s cookie recipes:
Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies by Food Above Gold
Buttered Pecan Shortbread Cookies by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Candy Cane Whoopie Pies by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Cherry Pecan Shortbread Rounds by Family Around the Table
Chocolate Cherry Cookies by Sweet Beginnings
Chocolate-Dipped Christmas Butter Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Christmas Crinkle Cookies by Blogghetti
Christmas Pecan Bar Cookies by Intelligent Domestications
Cinnamon Roll Blondies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Dark Chocolate Dipped Citrus Spice Shortbread by The Spiffy Cookie
Easy Italian Pizzelles by Frugal & Fit
Ginger Spice Cookies by Red Cottage Chronicles
Kahlua Hot Chocolate Cookies by Books n’ Cooks
Linzer Cookies by Palatable Pastime
Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe by Everyday Eileen
Pecan Pie Cookies by Daily Dish Recipes
Pecan Pie Cut Out Cookies by Love and Confections
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