Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

For the month of October I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers, some that I had the opportunity to meet at the Food Blog Forum in Asheville in August, to bring you some wonderful cookie recipes for National Cookie Month! Each week we have a different “theme” so stay tuned and check out their links at the bottom of my post!

This weeks theme is Childhood/Family Favorites. There was no question what cookie I was baking this week. Every Christmas growing up we always made a ton of different Christmas cookies and candies. I always had a favorite though, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies! Maybe it’s because I loved chocolate covered cherries or maybe it’s the brownie like cookie that is so incredibly fudgy but something always made them my favorite. It’s such a super easy recipe too and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. 

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies | Wicked Spatula #cookiemonth14

Alex and I have been eating paleo and it took everything I had not to eat the entire batch. It only makes 18 cookies, eating 18 cookies wouldn’t be bad right? They’re little. I refrained, though I may have ate a couple of cookies worth of dough before baking. Maybe the batch makes about 24 cookies. Be sure to transfer to a cooling rack shortly after baking so they will harden up a bit.
 Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies | Wicked Spatula #cookiemonth14

They bake up to be soft and chewy and perfectly fudgy. Finished off with a cherry then drizzled with melted chocolate = cookie perfection. 

Be sure to check out my cookie month partners and their amazing recipes: Jess at The 104 Homestead – Kathie at Homespun Seasonal Living – Tessa at Homestead Lady – Chris at Joybilee Farm – Sheila at Life, Love, and Good Food – Wendy at The Monday Box – Nikki at Nik Snacks – Shari at Pure Grace Farms – Angi at Schneiderpeeps

The following companies generously sponsored various cookie month projects. I may not have used all of them in my recipes, but this project is in no small part thanks to them and their incredible contributions: Bob’s Red MillThe Daily MealIndia TreeKerryGoldKing Arthur FlourProduct of GIRKaTomSunButter & Wilton.   

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Yields 24
A delicious brownie like cookie.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1 jar maraschino cherries or cherry pie filling
  11. 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  12. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  4. mix in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Make a little indentation in the center with your thumb big enough to hold a cherry.
  7. Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in each indentation.
  8. In a saucepan, over medium heat melt the condensed milk and chocolate chips until creamy and smooth.
  9. Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice then drizzle the cookies with the icing.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
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