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double chocolate cherry cookies
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5 from 1 vote

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies are soft and thick with a delicious maraschino cherry baked in the center. This amazing cherry cookie is also topped with a luscious chocolate ganache that is every chocolate lovers dream come true!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 352kcal



  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cups butter
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 12-ounce jar maraschino cherries drained

Fudge Topping:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp almond extract



  • Start by preheating the oven to 350degree F. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray, set aside. 
  • Also, drain your jar of cherries and cut each one in half. Set aside for later use. 

Cookie dough

  • First, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate small bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy.
  • Then, add in the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and the stir well.
  • Next, add the wet mixture to the large bowl with the flour, mix well to combine until no white flour is showing. 


  • Begin to shape the dough into 1 inch balls, you can use a cookie scoop for this or a standard spoon. 
  • After the ball is formed, press your thumb into the center of each ball and create a thumbprint sized indentation.
  • Then, place a cherry into each indent and place the cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet.


  • Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • When finished baking, leave on sheet to cool for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool before adding the fudge frosting. 

Fudge Topping

  • In a medium size sauce pan, melt your chocolate chips. Check doneness by stirring, continue to heat for until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy.  
  • Then, add in the sweetened condensed milk and the almond extract.
  • Continue stirring for about 3-4minutes, over low heat, until the mixture has thickened. Stir well to combine until the mixture is lump free and smooth. 
  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, using a spoon, frost the top of each cookie, covering the cherry.
  • Let the cookies set for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy! 


Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies are such a delicious and fun treat to make. The cherry surprise center with the chocolate frosting makes this a chocolate lovers dream come true!


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg