Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chunks and cherries make these easy chocolate cookies so rich and decadent.  It is hard to only eat just one.

These easy and decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you

 So my sister says I have a problem.  A big baking problem.

You don’t believe her, do you?  I mean just because I bake 4-5 times a week and share those crazy recipes here.  I don’t see the problem at all :-)  

These easy and decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you
A few weeks ago we packed up and went to visit family for a week.  When we were almost to my sister’s house, I text her and let her know we had to stop at Walmart for a few things.  I then asked if she wanted me to bake some goodies while we were there visiting.  We had been sick over Christmas, and I never baked any treats to take with us, so I figured why not make them there and have them be super fresh.

Her first choice was these Marshmallow Reese’s Blonde Brownies.  So I picked up the ingredients for those…plus the ingredients for these Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies.

These easy and decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you

I have had the idea for these cookies on my brain for a while and just couldn’t wait any longer to create them.   And I figured what better time to experiment on a cookie!  I mean I had extra people to sample the goodies for me, right?

So, I made blonde brownies one day.  And then I baked cookies the next day.

What?  Baking cookies on vacation?  I don’t see the problem at all.

My sister says I need Bakeaholics Anonymous though.  She says baking on vacation isn’t normal.  Oh, and taking pictures of said cookies is even less normal apparently.

I rummaged around through my sister’s house to find anything I could use to showcase these amazing cookies.  I found burlap, a colorful placemat, and some cupcake liners.   Then I moved her dining room table so I could experiment with the light from her window.  It was snowing too, so it was harder to capture these cookies.    The whole time my sister was laughing and calling me crazy.   Ok, so maybe it was a little crazy, but that’s just me.  Baking is always on my mind.  Now if I was in the Caribbean on the beach, I wouldn’t be baking!  But inside on a cold snowy day, why not?

Now trust me when I say you need these cookies!  I realize we are still in January, and every one is still going strong on those diets.  BUT…you need these cookies.  Like yesterday!

These are the easiest cookies to make.  Cake mix, butter, egg, and cream cheese.  And then throw in whatever mix ins your heart desires.  These have cherry pieces and chocolate chunks in them because that is what I was craving that particular day.

Rich decadent cookies are the perfect treat for a cold snowy day!  I think you need a baking day pronto!  Just don’t call me when you can’t stop eating these cookies…because I won’t answer.  I will be hiding in my closet devouring my own cookies.

These easy and decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you

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Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Rich chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and cherry pieces will help conquer your chocolate cravings. These cookies are amazing.


8 Tablespoons butter, softened (almost melted)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 chocolate cake mix (15.25 oz)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1 cup chocolate chunks


  1. Beat the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the cake mix and mix well. Add the cream cheese and beat until creamy. Stir in the chocolate chunks and cherries by hand.
  2. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes. The dough will be very sticky from the cherries. Roll the dough into 36 cookie balls. Place on un-greased baking sheet or a Silpat. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. The cookies will be very soft, but do not over bake them. Cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Remove the cookies to a sheet of wax paper and cool completely. Tap the tops of the cookies with the back of a spatula to even out the tops. The cookies will set up after cooling. Store in a loosely sealed container for 4-5 days. Makes 36 cookies.

These easy and decadent chocolate cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in you

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  1. says

    When we travel I always bake! If it is at the beach, I bake, at my mom’s, I bake, at my in laws in Italy, I bake! I go through withdraws if I haven’t baked anything for a while and cookies are my number 1 choice! These look amazing!!
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  2. Patsy Teufer says

    I do not make cookies with cake mix but I am going to try your idea with another chocolate cookie I have. They usually put a Hershey Kiss on top and I thought that maybe a Cherry Kiss on top of the cookie with Cheeries, Chocolate, and nuts would make it over the top.

  3. says

    I’m laughing because I had a semi similar conversation with my sister last week. She was trapped inside on her snow days and decided to bake something, and she ran out of ingredients half way through… and called and was like how do you enjoy this at all! Kind of funny. I cant imagine trying to take pictures around her.
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  4. says

    I think we may have the same problem haha. I am an expert at finding a way to bake or make sweet things no matter where I am just because I have such a compulsion to do so. I mean I tell myself that if I wasn’t baking for real then I would just be on Pinterest or something and isn’t it way more productive to actually be baking than just looking at pictures of food? I love chocolate and cherry together, but I see it come up so infrequently that it’s great to see such a delicious recipe with both elements :).
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  5. says

    I’d so love these since chocolate cherry is an ultimate combination for me, and I’m all about some easy!!! Maybe I can make a batch soon!
    Ps. You’re so sweet baking for others on vaca:)

  6. says

    These look so soft and thick, Jocelyn, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had 1,000 Valentine’s Day treats swirling around my head. I couldn’t care less about the day itself — it’s just the treats I love — and these are perfect!
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  7. BakinDiva2 says

    Oh wow! These cooking look and sound scrumptious. After reading the list of ingredients, I realized I have them all. That’s a big deal for me. Usually when I come across a recipe I would just love to bake right away, there’s always one (or two) ingredients I don’t have. :(
    But, whooohoo, I have everything I need! Will be baking these real soon. Thanks for providing such delicious recipes and a fantastic site/blog!!!! Keep those yummy sweet treats comin’!

  8. says

    Oh, these cookies look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had a cookie with cherries in it. I also never would have thought to make them! I’m the only one in my family that likes to bake on vacation, but I totally understand it. :)
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  9. says

    Jocelyn, you’re the best sister ever!! I’d love it if someone came over and baked treats for me. The next time you’re in Chicago, you have free range (and good window lighting) of my kitchen. I love the pop of cherry with chocolate. This is a cookie I need to make ASAP!!
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  10. kentuckylady717 says

    You don’t have a problem at all Jocelyn…just keep the great recipes coming……I will never
    be able to make them all, but I still save them :)….

  11. says

    You sound perfectly normal to me! ;-} I think we could be best buds! But I can only imagine seeing your sister react to our ‘normal’! =) No doubt, they were all thrilled to have you baking up a storm while you were there. Thanks much for sharing this luscious cookie at Weekend Potluck. We’d love it so much if you’d link back to the party in your post (so you could be featured!) You always have the most beautiful creations…and photos!
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  12. Robert says

    I made these tonight – here are my thoughts:

    At first the dough was way sticky and my OCD kicked in since the recipe didn’t SPECIFICALLY say when to add the cherries and chocolate chunks. I almost wrote you a note but luckily my 10 year old was watching Sponge Bob and my ADD kicked in. SQUIRREL!! The distraction was long enough for my KitchenAid stand mixer to turn the glop into smooth yumminess. I stirred the cherries and chunks in by hand and into the fridge the bowl went. After a quick trip to the liquor store – hey! don’t judge! I knew it would take more than 30 minutes! I used my medium cookie scoop because they were still pretty sticky.

    Using the cookie scoop I only got 31 cookies BUT they were 31 of the best, most amazing tasting cookies ever!

    Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • says

      I am so glad to hear these turned out amazing for you. LOL! I must have been distracted when I wrote the recipe…I went back and added when to stir in the chocolate and cherries. I also made a note in the recipe about the dough being sticky. Good call on the cookie scoop…my hands were rather messy after rolling out 36 dough balls!

      • Robert says

        The only problem I have found with these cookies is that they tend to get rather moist when covered. I’ve made four batches now and even after adding a little extra time in the oven they stick together after sitting overnight. I’ve made your Peppermint Oreo Crunch and Red Velvet cookies and haven’t had this problem so I’m guessing it’s the cherries. I’ve thought about using dried cherries instead but doubt I would get the same flavor.

  13. gina says

    I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a couple weeks now, but have been hoping for comments from others who actually tried it. Your photos are excellent and I am inclined to trust this recipe based on that…but for me, it’s always helpful to read what others experienced when they tried a new recipe. So…thanks Robert!…i finally scrolled down far enough to read your post and I am now preparing to make these to send to my son for his Valentine Birthday! (express mail of course) I will post results after I finish baking!


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