Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 8, 2018
If you can cover a cherry in chocolate and turn out a totally-tasty-treat, then why not put that flavor combination in a cookie?  With these tasty Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, we can enjoy the fabulous flavors of chocolate covered cherries ... in a fun cookie form.

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I have a friend who absolutely loves chocolate covered cherries.  I mean, I do too.  They're one of my all-time favorite candies.  But truly, my chocolate covered cherry love totally pales in comparison to hers.

Well, "said" friend came over recently, along with a few of our other friends, for a The Kitchen is My Playground tasting party.  What's that, you say?  A tasting party??

Mmmm, hmmmm.  A totally fun tasting party.

If you can cover a cherry in chocolate and turn out a totally-tasty-treat, then why not put that flavor combination in a cookie, right?

See, I'm always looking for excuses to try out new recipes and pawn the results off on share the wares with others for feedback.  When I'm working on a recipe for the blog, it's not unusual for me to tweak ... and test ... and re-make it four, five, six {and sometimes more} times before I'm happy with it.  And let's be real folks, sometimes it's just too much to eat all that.

So I had mentioned this one evening when I was out with my friends for a glass of wine and they were asking me stuff about the blog.  Well, these friends came up with a fabulous idea to help me with my "problem" ~ a tasting party!

So one afternoon, they all came over to hang out, enjoy some wine, taste a bunch of new stuff I'd been wanting to make for a while, and give me feedback.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the tasting party.  And let me just tell you, we decided we had some definite winners on our hands!

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One of the stars of the party?  These scrumptious Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I'd had this cookie idea in mind for a while.  And with my friend's love of chocolate covered cherries, I decided the tasting party was the perfect time to give them their first run.

If you can cover a cherry in chocolate and turn out a totally-tasty-treat, then why not put that flavor combination in a cookie, right?

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So I started with good old tried-and-true Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie dough.  Then I added in chopped maraschino cherries, a bit of the juice from the maraschino cherry jar, and a touch of almond extract.

The maraschino cherry juice and almond extract add an extra jolt of sweetness to the finished cookies, but it's not an overly  sweet taste that totally takes over the cookies' flavor.  It's a sweetness that compliments the chocolate chips and cookie dough well.

The maraschino cherry juice and almond extract add an extra jolt of sweetness to the finished cookies, but it's not an overly  sweet taste that totally takes over the cookies' flavor.

I chopped the maraschino cherries very coarsely, leaving the pieces rather on the large side.  I wanted the cherry flavor to be prominent and decided biting into good-sized cherry pieces in each cookie would help achieve this goal.

Once the cherries are stirred in, it makes for one very pretty cookie dough, don't you think?  I love the flecks of red of the chopped cherries and the just-a-teeny-tiny-hint-of-pink from the cherry juice.

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The result?


Yes, this is one time that my taste-testing friends and I were happy with the recipe result on the first try.

Chocolate chip cookies studded with bright red maraschino cherries, and flavored with a hint of extra sweetness from almond extract, make for one very tasty cookie, indeed.

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And there you have it ~ the wonderful flavors of chocolate covered cherries, in fun Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie form.

They're total yum.  Just ask my chocolate covered cherry-loving friend!

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source:  Adapted from classic  Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies
(Printable recipe)
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 3/4 c. coarsely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 c. (12 oz. package) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and maraschino cherry juice (from the jar of maraschino cherries); beat until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in eggs.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture; mix until combined. Stir in the chopped maraschino cherries and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and let the cookies stand on the pan for about a minute before removing to a cooling rack.

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  1. These really look good, Tracey. It sounds really simple to make, too! I think I would like these and my hubby would like them even better! Thanks for sharing!

  2. So yummy! Cherries and chocolate go so well together. Will definitely have to try this!

  3. They look so delicious! I would love to try these cherry and chocolate chip cookies :-) your pictures are beautiful!

    1. Thank you for your kind words about my pictures, Ingrid. The photography part of blogging is hard for me ... so your words truly mean a lot!!

  4. These cookies sound absolutely wonderful and I love chocolate covered cherries so these would be perfect the best of both chocolate chip cookies with cherries. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  5. the cookies look delish and i like your photos too!

  6. These look fantastic! I love cookies. I love cherries. I love chocolate. All those together have to be incredible! I’d love for you to bring this to Tuesday’s Table over at Love in the Kitchen (!

  7. I made these and they have been devoured! Family and Friends love them! Awesome recipe...I added a little extra cherry juice to the top of the cookie dough, just to get a little more cherry flavor. Wonderful! Featured you on my blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Thank you so much dear friend for this wonderful recipe with a little twist plus the cherries. Pinning.
    Have a lovely weekend ahead.

  9. My husband loves chocolate covered cherries and rum chocolate covered cherries even more. I have some maraschino cherries maserating in rum to make him homemade rum chocolate covered cherries. I saw your recipe for the chocolate cherry cookies and thought why not rum chocolate cherry cookies. I'll let you know how they turn out. Thanks for posting all the delicious recipes.

  10. I love cherries and chocolate chips. I'm anxious to try these. I think that these may become my new favorite cookie. Thank you for sharing at Friday Frenzy.

  11. I love cherries- what an easy and good idea!


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