Buried Chocolate Cherry Cookies–we’ve been making these cookies in my family at Christmastime for years. They are so festive and delicious. They are ultra chocolatey and have a bit of a cherry flavor too.
Buried Chocolate Cherry Cookies
My favorite treats in the world are cookies. If I had a choice between cookies, brownies, cake or any other treat I’d most always choose cookies. My go-to cookies are my Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies. I make these at least monthly. They are good for any time of year. However, for Christmastime I like to make ginger cookies, teddy bear cookies, mint chocolate cookies and these buried chocolate cherry cookies. It’s just a different feeling and time of year where you pull out special seasonal recipes.
Buried Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: About 20 cookies 1x
We’ve been making these cookies in my family at Christmastime for years. They are so festive and delicious. They are ultra chocolatey and have a bit of a cherry flavor too.
For the cookies:
- 1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
For the frosting:
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Use a bowl on top of a colander to drain the cherries and reserve the juice. Drain them as well as you can. Pat the cherries with a paper towel to get them as dry as possible. This is really important or the cookies will spread.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter. Add in the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla and beat well. Slowly mix in the flour mixture and mix until it is well combined.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. (I use this cookie sheet...it doesn’t need parchment, a silicone mat or any grease! It is amazing). Press down the center of each cookie dough ball with your thumb and place a cherry in the center of each cookie.
- Prepare the frosting: Place sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until smooth. If you need to microwave again, do it in 10 second increments. Stir in 4 teaspoons of the cherry juice. Generously spread the frosting over each of the cookies.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire cooling rack.
- Category: Dessert
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The cookies are frosted before baking?
Yes that’s right
I make cookies often so not sure what happened…maybe 80 degree Florida weather in December 🙂 but my cookies didn’t set up. Cherries very dry just as the directions instructed and half the batch without the cherries -son and I are not fans. The cookies did not rise and they spread badly. Baked on the longer time side also. With that said – even as thin as they came out the cookies
still have a great flavor. Very tasty.
Oh that is a bummer Susan! I’m sorry they didn’t turn out. I’m not sure did use margarine instead of butter?
I just made my first batch of these cookies. My g’daughter loved them without frosting! They are a big hit! Thx for the recipe! Happy Holidays! 🎅
Janie, more frosting for you to lick straight out of the bowl then! Haha! Thanks and happy holidays to you too 🙂
I love chocolate and cherries together, so these sound incredible! And that icing looks simply decadent.
does the icing harden up so that they can be stacked in a container?