Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Inspired by the classic candy, these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies are rich and decadent. A maraschino cherry is planted in the center of each cookie before baking.

Chocolate-covered cherries are usually my first pick from a box of chocolates. But only if it’s the kind with the liquid center – yum! These Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies give the classic candy some new competition. They are soft and chewy, with deep chocolate flavor. The maraschino cherries are covered with fudgy frosting that makes them taste like the classic bonbon.

Begin these cookies by whisking the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. There’s just four ingredients: flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Always remember the salt! I can usually tell when baked goods are missing this ingredient. It’s so important to enhance and bring forth all the flavors.

The secret ingredient!

Almond paste really boosts the maraschino cherry flavor. And it makes the baked cookies so chewy! You can find it at the grocery store in the baking aisle. Sometimes it’s in a can, and sometimes a box with a tube inside (or order some ).

Place the almond paste in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip it with sugar, and then beat in butter. I also added a splash of . (Which is excellent and appropriate in these cookies, but you could use cherry extract or vanilla extract instead!) Beat the mixture until it becomes fluffy, then you’re ready to add the dry ingredients.

When the dry ingredients are incorporated, portion out the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets (slightly larger than 1 inch balls). Use a cookie scoop if you have one, otherwise portion onto cookie sheets with a tablespoon for about 24 cookies.

Roll each dough ball between your palms and then plant a maraschino cherry right in the center of each ball, thumbprint cookie style. And save the cherry juice! You’ll use the reserved cherry juice in the glaze recipe. I used cherries with stems, but it’s totally optional. Maybe you’d prefer a stem-less cherry. Either way the cookies will look cute and taste great! After baking, let them cool on the pans completely, or after 5 minutes you an transfer them to a wire rack.

Let’s talk about the frosting for a quick moment. It’s so fudge-like, made on the stove top with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and maraschino cherry juice. Pipe or spoon some on top of each cookie. You can completely cover the cherries with the frosting, but I chose to just half cover them. I think they look beautiful on a cookie tray with the cherry tops peeking out.

These cookies are deeply chocolaty with a slight chew and bright maraschino flavor from the almond paste. The middles are soft and moist around the cherry. They look so adorable placed in cupcake papers. It gives them the appearance of chocolate bonbons. I may have to make another batch just box up for sweetheart gifts on Feb. 14th!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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  • cookie scoop 4 teaspoon capacity
  • disposable piping bag




Glaze and décor



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a cookie scoop (4 teaspoon capacity) portion 24 level scoops of dough on the parchment sheets. Alternatively use a slightly heaped tablespoon to scoop. Roll the dough into balls between your palms and return them to the baking sheets. Press a maraschino cherry in the center of each ball. Refrigerate the cookies on the sheets for 30 minutes.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the cookies are well puffed and fragrant. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets completely.


  • Store cookies in the refrigerator for longevity. Bring to room temperature before serving.




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