These chewy chocolate cherry cookies have a surprise inside! We started with rich chocolate cake mix cookies and filled them with sweet maraschino cherries. These are a delicious cookie to make for Christmas or any time of year and they are so easy! This is now one of my favorite holiday recipes ever!
Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Chocolate covered cherries are one of my favorite holiday treats! I’m definitely a chocoholic, and there is just something about the combination of rich chocolate and a juicy cherry — I look forward to the holidays every season because we always get a box!
Last year we published a Texas Sheet Cake Cookie recipe that used chocolate cake mix. They turned out to be our most popular recipe of ALL time!
This chocolate cherry cookie recipe also uses cake mix, but instead of chocolate frosting and pecans, we added a sweet maraschino cherry in the middle!
These might just be my new favorite!!
You can totally see how moist and chocolatey they are right in the photos! I mean, I can almost taste them through the screen!
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- Chocolate cake mix — Any type of chocolate cake mix should be fine!
- Eggs — Use large eggs if possible.
- Oil — Vegetable or canola is what we usually bake with.
- Maraschino cherries — Make sure to remove the stems!
- Red sugar crystals — optional, for decoration
Kitchen Tools Used
- Baking Sheets
- Silicone Baking Mats — We love these non-stick silicone mats because the cookies slide right off when they’re done. Then you can wash and re-use the mats over and over again!
- Non-slip mixing bowls — I love these bowls with rubber bottoms to prevent slips and spills!
What is the Difference between Cake Mix Cookies and Regular Cookies?
Perhaps the most important difference is just how EASY cake mix cookies are to make! You need 3-4 ingredients max and all you do is stir and bake!
However, there is also a difference in texture, and this is one of the reasons I love cookies made with cake mix. They’re moist and chewy, but a little bit thicker than regular cookies. They’re awesome!
Oh, and did I mention they’re easy?? 😉
First, preheat oven to 350°F.
While the oven heats up, prep your baking sheets. We love Silicone Baking Mats because they are washable and reusable, plus your cookies won’t stick to them at all! However, you can use parchment paper or non-stick spray if that’s what you have on hand at home.
Add all of your cookie ingredients (minus any sugar sprinkles if you’re using them) to a large mixing bowl. Stir together until well combined into a thick batter.
Portion out your dough into balls that are about 1 Tablespoon each. Use the back of a spoon to flatten them down so there is a little “dish” in the middle where you can put a cherry.
Wrap the dough back up, around the cherry, so that you have a ball again.
Pour your sugar crystals or sprinkles into a little bowl and dip cookies into them, so that the top of the cookie ball is coated.
Place the cookie balls onto your baking sheet, with about 2 inches of space between each one.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Your cookies will be rich and fudge-y and super delicious!
Want to Jazz Up your Cookies??
Here are a couple fun ways to make your cookies unique and even more delicious:
- Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the batter
- Use different color or varieties of sprinkles on top
- Add a chocolate drizzle
How to Store Your Cookies:
These cookies should last up to a week on the counter. I recommend keeping in a sealed container for freshness.
You can also freeze them if you want to make a double batch and save some for later! Simply wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and place them inside a sealed freezer bag. Then you can reheat each one individually. A few seconds in the microwave should do the trick, or let them come to room temperature on their own.
More of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes:
If you loved our cherry chocolate Christmas cookies, be sure to try these holiday treats too!
- Grinch Snowball Cookies
- Christmas Mitten Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
- Hot Cocoa Cookies
- Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Christmas Oreos
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Cookie Recipe (Printable Copy)
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
- 1 box Chocolate cake mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Oil
- 20 Cherries
- 1/4 cup Red sugar crystals optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mats.
- Whisk together chocolate cake mix, eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
- Portion the dough into balls that are each about the size of a ping-pong ball. Place the dough balls on baking mat, leaving a couple inches between each one.
- Use the back of a spoon or your thumb to flatten each ball of dough and place a cherry in the middle.
- Wrap the cookie dough around the cherry so that it is completely covered and again in the shape of a ball.
- If using sugar crystals, pour them into a small bowl. Press each cookie dough ball into the sugar, so that the top is coated.
- Place the cookie balls back on the baking sheets, sugar-side up.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F.
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