Add a twist to your holiday baking with these Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. The delicious combination of chocolate chip cookies and chocolate covered cherries is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
One of my favorite things to get each Christmas is a box of chocolate covered cherries. Chocolate and cherry is a classic flavor combo, so I decided to add it to an oatmeal cookie that topped our cookie list this year.
Why You Will Love Cherry Chip Cookies
Turn a classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie into a cherry chip cookie by adding a jar of maraschino cherries. The fruit adds a pop of color and a sweet flavor to the cookies.
- The dough is easy to make in one bowl.
- You can bake the cookies right away. No chilling required.
- Great cookie recipe for the holidays.
- Soft and chewy and loaded with cherry chocolate goodness.
If you love Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream, you will love this cherry cookie recipe.
Key Ingredients Needed
These cherry cookies contain your basic baking ingredients, plus a few primary ingredients.
- Sugars - You will use both granulated and brown sugar in this cherry cookie.
- Maraschino Cherries - A large jar with give you plenty of cherry pieces in each cookie. Skip the jar with the stems.
- Quick Oats - Adds texture to the cookies. Old fashioned oats can also be used, but the cookies will have a coarser texture.
- Chocolate Chips - I prefer dark chocolate chips in this recipe. You can also use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Flour - Properly measured flour is key to the right texture in these cookies.
- Almond Extract - You only need a little bit to enhance the cherry flavor throughout the cookie.
How to Make Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cherry cookies loaded with maraschino cherries and chocolate are so easy to make. The dough comes together in minutes with just one bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl beat the softened butter and sugars until light and creamy. Add the egg and cherry juice and beat again.
- Add the dry ingredients. Stir together the dry ingredients and slowly mix all of it into the butter mixture.
- Add mix-ins. Stir the diced maraschino cherries and chocolate chips into the batter gently using a rubber spatula.
- Scoop and bake. Roll the cookie dough into 36 even balls and place on a sheet pan lined with a Silpat. Bake until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack before storing.
To Store - Keep them in an air tight container on the counter for 5-6 days. Make sure the cookies are room temperature before placing them in the container.
To Freeze - Wrap each cookie in plastic or place the cooled cookies between layers of parchment paper. Place the wrapped cookies in a freezer bag in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Drain the maraschino cherries very well, so you do not add any extra liquid to the dough.
- Allow the drained cherries to rest on paper towels to absorb the extra juice. Do this before and after dicing them.
- For bakery style cookies, add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops of the warm cookies after baking them.
- Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to easily portion out the cherry cookie dough.
- You can add ½ cup chopped nuts to the dough to give an added crunch to the finished cookies. Pistachios, walnut, pecans, or almonds would all be delicious.
- To give the cookies a festive pink or red color, add a drop of red food coloring to the dough. This is a fun option for Christmas or Valentine's Day.
- Serve the cherry drop cookies with milk or a dark chocolate latte.
This is a cherry that has been preserved and stored in a jar of red syrup. It is commonly used as a garnish to cocktails or milkshakes. You can purchase them by ice cream sundae toppings with or without stems.
Yes! Prepare the dough as instructed. Scoop the prepared dough onto parchment paper and freeze the cherry chip dough balls for 60 minutes.
Then place the dough balls in a ziplock bag and freeze to store. Bake them while still frozen for about 2 minutes longer.
You sure can. The cookies will just have a slightly chewier texture from the dried fruit.
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*The post for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies was first published December 2014. It was updated and republished December 2022.
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