Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Chocolate. Need I say more? Okay how about this: these cookies involve melting semi-sweet chocolate chips combined with subtle notes of tart cherries in a super smooth, creamy, rich chocolate dough.  I’m pretty sure I’ve said enough to lure you in!


These are absolutely delicious cookies. Perfect to bring to a holiday party!  Really, they’re perfect anytime!


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar

1/2 cup cherry preserves

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

1/8 cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup dried cherries


Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  

In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugars with the butter until smooth.  Add the preserves, melted chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla, and mix until evenly combined.

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Then mix in the eggs until they are completely blended.  Slowly stir in the flour with the baking soda and stop mixing as soon as all of the flour is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.

Use a 2-inch ice-cream scoop to shape balls of dough to place on the parchment-lined baking sheets, about 9 per sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  They should look slightly doughy when they’re removed from the oven, and that’s perfect!  Place them on a cooling rack after a minute or so.  Then let them sit for about 10 minutes before eating.

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Some additional notes:

The chunkier the better for the cherry preserves!  Trader Joe’s makes a great one with whole cherries.

If you like chocolate cookies, you’ll love my Dark Velvet Beet Cookies!