Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
For as long as I can remember, my mom has loved chocolate covered cherries. Not just any chocolate covered cherries though. The ones with the cream in them are no good. She only likes the kind that has the plain syrup. I used to go hunting for them every year, and finally gave up and started making my own.
Coincidentally, I never liked cherries at all until I started making my own chocolate covered cherries. I could and would eat anything cherry flavored, but not the real thing. Cherry Lifesavers? Yep. Cherry Blowpop? Mmmhmm. Cherry pie? Gag. I would even *gasp* scrape cherry topping off of a cheese cake before I’d dare take a bite.
I could eat my weight in my chocolate covered cherries. That’s a bad thing. Trust me.
When we decided to do a virtual cookie exchange for #SundaySupper, I knew I wanted something different. Chocolate covered cherries were the first thing that came to mind, but how to make those into a cookie…
- ½ Cup Butter, Softened
- ½ Cup White Sugar
- ½ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1-1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Jar Maraschino Cherries
- In a medium bowl, beat the butter and sugars until they are well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until they are well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa and baking soda.
- Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, a little at a time, and beat until everything is combined.
- Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Using a cookie dough scoop for uniformity, scoop out the dough and shape it into round balls. Place the dough balls on a lined baking sheet or stoneware pan, leaving about 2 inches between each dough ball.
- Bake the dough balls for 7-10 minutes (mine too exactly 8 minutes) or until the dough balls have cooked completely on the outside.
- Immediately smash a cherry into each of the dough balls. This will flatten the balls to make them cookie shaped.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the pan. They will harden as they set.
- Store in an air tight container.
I can not tell you how amazing these are. And, yes. I ate the whole thing…cherry included. Several of them to be exact. They are soft and almost fudgy, and perfectly embody the flavors of a chocolate covered cherry. My kids absolutely loved them, and my mom has already made a request that these be served at Christmas. I’m sad that we’ve almost destroyed what we have here. Next time I will surely have to double the recipe!
Do you have a favorite cookie you like to share during the holidays?