Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies are soft and thick with a maraschino cherry baked in the middle and a delicious chocolate ganache on top!
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies are so delicious! Cherry and chocolate are a great combination of flavors that work great together, such a classic. I think my favorite part about these cookies is the fudge frosting on top! It’s thick and decadent and the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to make!
Making double chocolate cherry cookies
These cookies are pretty much exactly like a chocolate thumbprint cookie, so you know they’re going to be easy to make and taste great. Topped with that maraschino cherry baked on top and then smothered in a fudgy topping, they’re practically irresistible!!
How long are these cookies good for?
These cookies will last about 3-5 days if kept stored in an airtight container. They do well at room temperature but you can keep them in the fridge if it’s a hot day and you want to enjoy them chilled.
Can I use vanilla extract instead of almond?
Yes, you can. While the flavors won’t be exactly the same in the fudge topping with vanilla instead of almond, it will still taste delicious.
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies Ingredients
For the Cookies You Will Need:
-3 1/2 cups flour
-3/4 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 1/4 cups butter
-1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
-1 Tbsp vanilla
-12 oz jar maraschino cherries (drained and cut in half)
For the Fudge Topping, You will Need:
-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
-1/4 tsp almond extract
How to make double chocolate cherry cookies
Combine your flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add in the eggs and vanilla and the mix well.
Stir in the flour mixture and shape into 1 inch balls.
Press your thumb into the center of each ball and create a thumbprint sized indentation.
Place half of a cherry into each indent and then place the cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F degrees until cooked through.
To make the fudge topping, melt your chocolate chips over low heat.
Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and the almond extract.
Once combined, continue stirring for about 3-4 minutes over low heat until the mixture has thickened.
Using a spoon, frost the top of each cookie, covering the cherry.
Let set before eating.
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups butter
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 12 oz jar maraschino cherries drained and cut in half
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the flour mixture and shape into 1-inch balls. Press a thumb-sized indentation into each ball and then place a cherry half into the center. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350. Cool.
- Over low heat, melt chocolate chips and mix in the sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. Once combined, continue stirring over low heat for about 3-4 minutes until mixture is thickened. Using a spoon, frost each cookie, covering the cherry. Enjoy!
Can I freeze cherry thumbprint cookies?
Yes. I recommend letting the cookies cool and the chocolate fudge set completely before flash freezing the cookies on a baking sheet and then transferring to an airtight container. Then they can last up to 3 months and should reduce the risk of sticking together. Simply place cookies on the counter to thaw and enjoy.
What is the difference between a maraschino cherry and a regular cherry?
Maraschino cherries are candied cherries in a jar of sweetened red liquid. The colors and flavors are very different from fresh cherries and this is one of the big reasons why they taste so great in desserts and drinks like a Shirley Temple.
If you enjoyed these Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies, you might also enjoy the following recipes!
- Chocolate Cherry Brownie Bites
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cherry Pie Cookies
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Easy Chocolate Cherry Truffles
- Cherry Jelly Hearts Candy
- White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes
- Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Cobbler
- Cherry Almond Coconut Shortbread Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Pie
- Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothies
- Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
These double chocolate cherry cookies as delicious to eat as they are simple to make. You’re going to love the bursting sweet cherry in the center and the chocolate ganache on top!