Feb 6, 2014

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies



These cookies deliver two types of chocolate with a delicious cherry essence. You'll love the rich, brownie-type texture, and the bits of pure chocolate and sweet cherries in every bite.

Bonus: they'll look festive on your Christmas cookie tray!


Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies Print Recipe
Makes 24 cookies

1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg at room temperature, slightly whisked
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice (reserved from jar of cherries)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained (reserve 2 tablespoons juice) and chopped (leave some of the pieces a little larger to place on top before baking, if desired)

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, egg, and cherry juice. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
3. On low, add in egg and juice mixture until well blended.
4. On low, gradually stir in dry ingredients until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
5. By hand, fold in chocolate chips and cherries, reserving a few cherries for the tops, if desired.
6. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
8. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Dough is very thick. Press a few larger pieces of cherries on top of cookies, if desired.
9. Bake until cookies are set but still soft, about 10 minutes. Do not over bake. 
10. Let cookie sheets cool on racks for 10 minutes, then remove cookies onto rack to cool completely. Store in a air tight container. 

Cook's notes: I didn't want to wait for the dough to refrigerate, so I started scooping a few cookies while the rest of the dough went into the fridge. When the dough is not cold, it's very sticky. I just sprayed my cookie scoop lightly with cooking spray and kept going. I will say that the refrigerated dough was much easier to work with- a little harder to scoop, but not sticky. The cookies taste the same (great!) either way.



Recipe adapted from MomOnTimeOut.com; Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies may have been taken to some of these great parties!


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75 comments:

  1. These look great. I love chocolate and cherry. Going to make these, thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for coming by, Allan! If you make them I hope you love them as much as we do! :)

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  2. Joy, you did capture everything Valentine's in this cookie! You really had me at "Brownie-type texture"! I must try these :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris, we really enjoyed these. A lot. ;) I want a plate of your pretty Cranberry Valentines Cookies! :)

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  3. Chocolate and cherries go together beautifully in cookies…yum! My cookie jar is empty! Time to make some :)

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    1. Thank you, Kay- they were a big hit around here! :) Thanks for coming by!

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  4. This will be a huge win in my house. I love chocolate cookies that have a brownie consistency and my kids love cherries. Perfect for a Valentine's treat for my boys.

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    1. Karen, I hope you and your boys love them! Happy Valentine's! :)

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  5. Love chocolate and cherries together. This is a delicious cookie Joy which I'll have to make for my little 'Valentines', they will definitely love them.

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  6. I love that these are almost brownie like in texture and I love me some brownies.

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  7. Wow, Joy these look amazing. Chocolate and cherries, what could be better. I'd love for you to come by and add them to my linky party if you have time.
    Angel

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  8. Those cookies are so pretty Joy, I bet they taste amazing! :)

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  9. These look wonderful.. Nothing beats chocolate and cherry together. Perfect for this month's fill the cookie jar.

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  10. WOW!!!
    I really love your Elegant Ideas.
    Sooooo cute! Love it all!
    Thanks for Sharing.

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  11. Wow these look great, I love the chocolate and cherry combo!

    Pocolo

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  12. Joy, I really like the vintage look of these cookies. The cherry lovers will go nuts for these cookies. Pinning these! Have a nice weekend.

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  13. You know that if I make these it will be me that eats most of them -- as I will hide them all for myself! I love all things cherry and chocolate! Thanks Joy!

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  14. O MY!! Now don't these look delicious!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  15. Hi Joy! These cookies look so amazing and I just love cherries & chocolate! Thank you so much for sharing them at Best of the Weekend - pinning and will be sharing this weekend. Hope you have a happy & wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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    1. Cindy, thank you for all you do- hosting, sharing, pinning...it’s like you’re a happy little whirlwind of activity! :)

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  16. These would be perfect for my husband. His two favorite desserts are brownies and chocolate covered cherries. With these cookies he gets the best of both worlds--the flavor of the chocolate covered cherries in the chewy brownie texture!

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  17. These sound delicious. I would love if you could stop by and share on my weekly recipe linky, Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen, http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2014/02/kids-and-mom-in-kitchen-72-rock-cycle.html
    Have great day.

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  18. Joy, these look so pretty with the red cherries and of course that combo is always delicious! Stopping by from the Dare to Share party.

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    1. I like the color combo as much as the flavor combo! :) Thanks for visiting from the party, Terri- it’s great to see you!

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  19. Yum! These look amazing, and I just have to tell you that your photos are beautiful! The photo of these cookies totally caught my eye over on the SITS Girls link up! I had to come take a look! :) I shared a Lobster Bisque recipe over there today too! Take Care!

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    1. Jessica, I'm so glad you dropped in from SITS- I meet the nicest people through them! Thanks for the kind words about the photography- being a foodie, you know it can sometimes be a challenge to get just the right shot!

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  20. Cookies! yum yum!

    Coming from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Come-by my blog!

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  21. Visiting from the Link Party Palooza! These look yummy:) I just made a similar recipe my friend gave me. Will have to try these.

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    1. If you try them, I hope you love them as much as we do! Thanks so much for visiting from the party. I enjoyed reading about the Waterlogue picture you made of Fritz. ♥ Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  22. These look amazing! I love chocolate and cherries! I have pinned and shared :) and saved for myself to try! Thank you, Rhondda

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  23. I can remember eating maraschino cherries out the jar as a kid.. these cookies look so festive. Great idea. Glad to see them at foodie friday.

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  24. Yum Yum...I just gained 5 lbs reading the recipe! Thank you for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty.

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  25. G'day! Looks very YUM Joy, true!
    I could go for one of these right now too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Valentine's Day Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  26. Ohhh those look YUMMY!!! --Zannie @mymixingspoon :-) I have all those ingredients on hand... hmmm... maybe I can convince Bruce to help! :-D

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  27. I agree on the chocolate/cherry combo as "sooo Valentine's Day!" Years ago I received a box of little gifts on that day from a friend in Colorado. It contained a tin of the chocolate cookies that have a cherry in the center and are drizzled with melted chocolate. Those have been my standard luxury cookies for VD ever since. So, now you know why I can't wait to try these! Will they be just as good? Or better?! I'll have to see! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. Joyce, I hope you will share the recipe for your luxury chocolate drizzled cookies with me one of these days. We must have a side-by-side taste test! ;) Regardless of which cookie wins, well, we would have had lots of cookies! :D

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    1. Diana, thank you so much! I enjoy your party!

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  29. These look absolutely GORGEOUS, thank you for linking to PoCoLo and welcome :) x

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    1. Victoria, thank you! What a wonderful hostess you are. Many thanks for hosting PoCoLo and for coming by. I look forward to seeing you next week, if not before! :)

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  30. these are divine, Chocolate and cherries a perfect combination! Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

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  31. I love a chocolate and cherry combo - these sound fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up to the Friday Frenzy - hope to see you again on Friday!

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  32. I know my family would love these - and how perfect for Valentine's Day :) Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays!

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    1. Just dropping by to let you know that you had the most viewed link at last week's Freedom Fridays!! WOOT WOOT! We'll be featuring you tonight - you can grab a button if you'd like one! {Hugs!!}

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  33. Joy, I love maraschino cherries so these cookies are perfect for me. I love them! Pinned and featuring on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

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  34. Joy thanks for sharing these on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope that you will join us again this week for our Snack Foods Theme.

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  35. Saw the cookies on http://msenplace.blogspot.com/. Have to save the recipe, thanks for sharing. I went over to Fill the cookie jar on facebook and it's a closed group. I love making cookies and hope you check out my blog
    http://bestoflongislandandcentralflorida.blogspot.com/search/label/Cookies
    and find a few recipes you would like to try.

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    1. Hi, I’m glad you liked the cookies!

      Yes, the Fill The Cookie Jar group is private, but all you have to do is contact Cynthia, the lady who runs the group to be added. Just go to this address: http://feedingbig.com/fill-the-cookie-jar

      to get to the form to fill out so you can bake with the group if you want to. :)

      I look forward to visiting your blog- thank you for coming by!

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  36. Good Evening Joy, As my grandmother Ivy would have said, your double chocolate cherry cookies are an absolute picture. I need to make myself a batch, pop them in the biscuit jar, then I will have a lovely treat each time I make a cup of coffee..... well maybe not each time, but I really feel they will be hard to resists. I love chocolate and cherries, so as this recipe has two types of chocolate... what can I say, but I love them.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  37. Thanks for linking up at Share it Sunday! These look scrumptious!! Pinned!

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  38. Oh my word these look amazing! I love chocolate and cherries together. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  39. Hi Joy~ Thanks for sharing your wonderful cookies with us at The Four Seasons Blog Hop!! A true favorite flavor combination:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  40. These cookies have been chasing me for the last few days!! (of course I haven't been running very hard) Yeah, Joy you really outdid yourself on these babies!!! (trying to figure how many miles you are from me, cause I sure wanna a cookie right now!!!)

    Hugs my Friend

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  41. These cookies look so delicious! I don't think they would last very long in my cookie jar! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Pinned to the party board. :) Marti

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  42. Oh wow, these look so good! I've been craving cookies lately and can't wait to try these out. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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  43. Hi Joy! Oh these cookies look lovely! If it were up to me the cookie jar would always be full! Perfect for Valentine's Day. Stopping by from Best of the Weekend.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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  44. Oh that looks like fun! I never would have thought to put cherries in but these look simply amazing! Thanks for sharing them with us on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  45. I love cherries! Joy, these look so decadent and perfect for Valentines! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  46. OMG looks so so yummy!! thanks so much for linking up at creativity unleashed. Featuring you tomorrow!!

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    1. Thank you, Jocie- I can't wait! Thank you so much! :)

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  47. Thank you for linking up at the Wake Up Wednesday Link Party! Pinning to the WUW Party Board for A Peek Into My Paradise. Can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com

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  48. Congrats on being our most clicked link this week at Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends!!!

    Happy Valentines Day!!
    X's and O's

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    1. Ooo, that's really exciting, Evelyn- thanks for letting me know. I love Freedom Fridays! :)

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  49. what a yummy looking recipe. just wanted to let you know this recipe was featured on Friday Frenzy. Hope you will share another craft or recipe today. http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/show-off-your-recipes-and-crafts-valentinesday.html

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    1. Maria, thank you so much! I will definitely be there! :)

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  50. I will try this recipe as soon as my husband's doctor lets him have chocolate again, his favorite food.

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  51. Chocolate is definitely the epitome of Valentine's Day. These look delicious! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  52. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured at Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  53. I love how the cherries are bursting from the cookies, they look fantastic. I'll be featuring these at one of my favourites on Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by grab a button and link up again with us this weekend!

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  54. Congrats!!! These fantastic cookies will be featured this week in MUNCHING MONDAYS Party!!! Hope to see you and your lovely recipes again! Spread the good news :-) xoxo Nic

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  55. Oh, Joy, I just love the look of your Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies. Maraschino cherries are such a favourite of mine and combined with chocolate - oh my! Thank you for sharing these delicious cookies with the Hearth and Soul Hop :-)

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  56. Oh my gosh these cookies sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing at The Southern Special.

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  57. These cookies are beautiful....and I'm sure delicious, too!

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  58. Hi Joy,
    I love the Chocolate and Cherry combination for this delicious cookie. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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