The perfect recipe for big, chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with sweet bites of maraschino cherries and plenty of chocolate. Tastes just like a chocolate-covered cherry in cookie form!
Hello lovers… I have a Valentine’s Day gift for you! It’s a cookie… but not just any cookie. It’s the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie… big and soft… chewy and tender…
AND I stuffed them full of bright red, super sweet, oh-so-delicious maraschino cherries. Can you say, YUM?
About 99% of the time when I make a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, a heaping handful of nuts goes into the batter. Walnuts and chocolate chip cookies were MEANT to be together. But in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to switch up my cookie routine and share a recipe that would be perfect to surprise your sweetie with… because who wants flowers or jewelry when you can have warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies??
Oh wait… can I have both? Cookies AND flowers? (Are you reading this husband?)
A few notes about this recipe: I definitely recommend chilling the cookie dough, so give yourself enough time before you want to bake them for your sweetheart. And I know that using a 1/4 cup of dough per cookie sounds like an awful lot, but trust me on this one. It will result in big, puffy, beautiful cookies!
P.S. Do you want a SUPER SECRET food stylist tip?? Okay, it’s not secret at all, it’s just a genius way to make your cookies look extra pretty: Reserve about 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips (only put 1 cup into the dough), and gently press a few chips into the top of each ball of dough before baking. When the cookies come out of the oven, those chips on top will be warm and gooey, but still hold their pretty shape. Try it and tell me what you think!
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- ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup maraschino cherries, diced into small pieces
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries by hand and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Measure out ¼ cup balls of dough and place them on the baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes until the edges are just starting the brown and the top still looks slightly undercooked. Remove from the oven and cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
– adapted from Life, Love and Sugar
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My daughter loves maraschino cherries. She’s love it if I made these for her for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the recipe.
You are so welcome, Theresa! We always have a jar of maraschino cherries around our house too. 🙂
I love the sickly sweet taste of marschiano cherries, so I can imagine how delicious these cookies must have been. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with the combination of chocolate and cherry.. especially for Valentine’s Day!
I eat those cherries straight out of the jar! I agree, you can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries. 🙂
Don’t do this to me! I’ve just started my diet and you are posting pictures of these great looking cookies, it’s just not fair.
Haha, oh no! You deserve a cheat day every once in awhile, don’t you?? 😉
These look awesome! I’ve never tried maraschino cherries in cookies. What a great idea 🙂 Thanks for the cookie tip as well!
I love that chocolate chip trick… it makes them look absolutely irresistible!
Gosh, it looks delicious! It’s a must try for me! Yum!
I’m cooking on youtube and I’ve just uploaded a recipe for homemade falafels, hope you will check it out! Thank you! 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anFe4nYoX9s
Thank you for an awesome recipe!
Thank you, Julia! Best of luck on your cooking series! 🙂
These cookies look fantastic! Need to give them a try soon!
Thank you, Mira! I think you’re going to love them. 🙂
Yum! I love chocolate and cherry together even those “awful” 2.00/box ones that are sold at the supermarket:) Going to try for sure!
Haha! I think you’re going to love these then, Tiffany! 🙂
Looks so yummy! I will try them for a Valentines Day! My friends will be so happy to taste this piece of art 🙂
Enjoy, Chelsea! 🙂
Wow! These look delicious and beautiful! Love the color from the cherries. And, cherries are precious in our house…they always go fast, so I think these would be a hit.
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We are big cherry lovers too! Hope you enjoy the cookies, Elyse! 🙂
These look MAHHHHHH-VELOUS, my friend!
Thank you, thank you!! 🙂
oh I bet these are wonderful!! pinned!
I only ate about… oh, 10 of these cookies while shooting them. They are too good! Thanks so much for stopping by, Cheryl! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.
Totally irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Liz, these cookies look divine. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing. PINNED!
Thank you for the recipe, I think I’ll add this one to my Christmas baking list. How many cookies does the recipe make? And can you double this recipe because I usually give my son a care package to take home with him LOL.
What a sweet momma you are! Yes, you can certainly double the recipe… more cookies is never a bad thing! 🙂
My husband’s grandma used to bake maraschino chocolate chip cookies and I’d like to recreate them. Hers also included nuts. If I add chopped walnuts should I decrease the amount of chocolate chips? Thanks Liz, these look delicious!!
I LOVE walnuts in my chocolate chips! Just the way my great aunt used to make them 🙂 I would go ahead and reduce the amount of chocolate chips and cherries by a bit to make room for the added walnuts. You’ll have to let me know how they turn out!
Liz, finally made these today as a Valentine’s treat. Added the walnuts and my husband loved them- said they might even be better than his grandma’s!
I’m planning on making these for my Christmas cookie trays that I give my neighbors. What I’m wondering is how long would you bake them if I cut the size of the cookie to about half of that 1/4 cup? Since I do a lot of different cookies am doing about 8 to 10 trays I want to put some on all the trays along with all the other cookies I have on my list. Thanks
Hi Bev! I would check them after 7 or 8 minutes and see how they look. I’ve never tried them that way, so you’ll have to let me know how they turn out!
Liz, 1/4 cup each cookie? Can they be made smaller successfully? They are in the fridge as we speak….pretty enough for Christmas for chocolate chip cookie lover gifts!
Awesome Christmas gift! Yes, you can make these smaller, just reduce the bake time a bit!
So this was what I decided to do for Xmas, and decided to play around a bit;
I used cherry pie filling instead since that was what was on hand. I added it during the mixing stage and added about 1/4 cup extra flour to make up for the extra wetness.
I did a 1:1 ratio of cherry pie filling : chocolate chips (semi-sweet), each 1 cup.
I haven’t seen too many chocolate chip recipes that ask to chill the dough, so I tried baking without chilling;. Still major success; they still turned out fluffy and delicious.
Personally I might try about half the amount of chocolate and cherries next time and see if it’s still as good. Either way, it’s becoming a go-to recipe. 🙂
Hi making these beauties for a holiday cookie swap. I was wondering if anyone knew roughly how many cookies do you get from one batch. Thanks so much !