Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

5 from 12 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

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Cherry Cookies are like the favorite candy, but instead of candy it is made with a crispy cookie. The best part is since you use a cake mix to make them, it’s quick and easy.

stacked of Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies topped with red crystal sugar.

Cherry Cookies are perfect for holiday parties, wonderful for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Also, they are simple enough to make any night you want a sweet treat for your family.


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What We Love About This Cookies from Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe

You’ll see that this recipe for chocolate cherry cookies has slightly different instructions and ingredients than the box indicates. It’s okay! It will work out. You don’t need to add those other ingredients and you don’t need to worry about the preparing, we’re making cookies after all, and not a cake! These perfect cookies are full of cherry flavor that is perfect for cookie trays for the holiday season.

  • 20 Minute Cookies: Takes only a few minutes to make these lovely cookies.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge, no complicated ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: The surprise of having a cherry in the middle of these cookies makes them so much fun.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with low calorie cake mix.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies ingredients, chocolate cake mix boxed, cherry, oil and eggs.

Ingredient Notes Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

  • Chocolate Cake Mix: You will need one box of any brand of chocolate cake mix that you prefer for this easy recipe.
  • Eggs: Two large eggs. You always want large eggs when you are baking unless it states otherwise.
  • Oil: A good neutral oil that will not impact flavor
  • Cherries: 20 halves or whole Maraschino cherries
  • Red Sugar: Red crystal sugar to decorate the cookies
half of a Cherry chocolate Cookie with a plate of cookies on the background.

Equipment Needed for the Best Cookie Recipe

How to Make Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

These are the basic steps for making maraschino cherry cookies. Please refer to the full recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

a collage of 2 images showing how to make the batter for the maraschino cherry cookies

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven and line baking sheets with parchment paper or use silicone baking mats. Then, in a large bowl combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs and oil together until completely combined.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps to make chocolate covered cherry cookies

STEP 2: SCOOP

Next, using a cookie scoop, scoop out the dough, place a cherry in the center and shape dough around the cherry. Then, place the sugar crystals in a small bowl and dip the cookie ball into the sugar crystals. Place the cookie dough balls on a prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for eight to ten minutes.

STEP 3: COOL

Allow the baked cookies to cool completely on a wire rack.

Prep and Storage Tips for Cherry Cookies Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS FAVORITE COOKIE RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to a week.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Refrigerate the dough for up to a week. Store in an airtight container or cover well with plastic wrap.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The cookie dough is easy to freeze for later. Place dough in an airtight container; freeze up to 6 months. Thaw dough in the refrigerator overnight before scooping and bake as directed per the recipe card below. Bake a little less for a soft texture.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Warm your chocolate covered cherry cookies in the microwave for a few seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions about these Cherry Chocolate Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

You can use a low sugar or sugar free cake mix for this recipe.

CAN I ADD OTHER THINGS TO THE COOKIES?

Indeed, try adding white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips for cherry chip cookies, or add nuts to the cookies. It is a great way to make these cookies special and add great flavor.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, you can make a half batch, or you can double the recipe if you prefer.

a closeup of Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies topped with red crystal sugar on a plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Walnuts or almonds add a little crunch to the chocolate covered cherry cookies. Also try adding a little vanilla extract or almond extract to these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies.
  • Short cut tip: If you don’t want to mess with wrapping the dough around the cherry you can always chop up the cherries and just mix the chopped cherries into the batter. Make sure they are drained very well in either case!
  • Variation tip: Make with different varieties of chocolate cake such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate or devil’s food.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try using an icing on top of the cookies, such as chocolate or cherry frosting.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: These cookies can be baked in the air fryer so there is no need to heat up your oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sugar or sugar free cake mix can be great for this recipe.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

5 from 12 votes
Cherry Cookies are like the favorite candy, but instead of candy it is made with a crispy cookie. The best part is since you use a cake mix to make them, it's quick and easy.
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Servings: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 20 Maraschino cherries can cut up or leave whole
  • 1/4 cup red sugar crystals optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs and oil together until completely combined.
  • Portion the dough into 1-Tablespoon sized scoops.
  • Flatten each scoop and place a cherry in the center. Wrap the cookie dough around the cherry so that it is completely enclosed.
  • Place the sugar crystals in a small bowl and dip the cookie ball into the sugar crystals.
  • Place the cookie ball sugar-side up on the prepared baking mats.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts or almonds add a little crunch to the chocolate covered cherry cookies. Also try adding a little vanilla extract or almond extract to these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies.
  • Short cut tip: If you don’t want to mess with wrapping the dough around the cherry you can always chop up the cherries and just mix the chopped cherries into the batter. Make sure they are drained very well in either case!
  • Variation tip: Make with different varieties of chocolate cake such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate or devil’s food.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try using an icing on top of the cookies, such as chocolate or cherry frosting.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: These cookies can be baked in the air fryer so there is no need to heat up your oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sugar or sugar free cake mix can be great for this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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7 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Cake mix cookie recipes are wonderfully simple and so versatile. This chocolate cherry one is delicious! They didn’t last long at our house.

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