Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies are a taste explosion and everyone’s invited. Sweet maraschino cherries, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar come together to make an incredibly delicious, sweet confection that is full of flavor but not work.
Over there years, we’ve made all kinds of cookies, and these maraschino cherry chocolate chip cookies are one of the more unique recipes we’ve tried. These delicious cookies aren’t quite what you’re used to eating or making. It’s a unique type of dough that makes for an absolutely delicious flavor and texture that will have you wondering where these cookies have been all of your life.
Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’ve been looking for a different kind of cookie, then you’ve come to the right place. This cherry chocolate chip cookie is like nothing you’ve ever had before. You won’t find any brown sugar or baking powder here. There aren’t many ingredients at all in this recipe, in fact, but you don’t need many to get the delicious flavor that these cookies offer.
Each and every bit of these cookies are filled with sweet maraschino cherries and chocolate chips, and they’re all wrapped up in a dough made of butter, powdered sugar, and flour. They’re sweet cookies that taste more like a confection, but amazingly, these rise and bake just like traditional cookies! What that means is that you get a beautiful cookie that’s tender and chewy, full of sweet flavor, and just about the easiest cookie you’ll ever make. We think that’s a winning combination for sure.
It only takes a handful of ingredients to make these delicious cookies. The best part is that outside of the maraschino cherries, you probably have every one of the ingredients needed for these cookies in your kitchen right now. They’re all basic pantry staples!
- Softened butter
- Powdered sugar
- Maraschino cherry juice
- Chopped maraschino cherries
- Chocolate chips
**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities and cooking times.
The easy train just keeps on chugging because these cookies are exceptionally simple to make. We’d venture to say that they’re probably the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. In just a few steps, you’ll have delicious, sweet cookies that everyone will love.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take out your butter so it can soften. Chop your maraschino cherries.
Step 2: Cream the Butter and Powdered Sugar
Cream the softened butter and powdered sugar together until creamy.
Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Mix in the flour and maraschino cherry juice until it comes together to form the dough, then fold in the chopped maraschino cherries and chocolate chips until well-blended.
Step 4: Shape the Cookies
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls by hand and place them on your baking sheet, flattening them slightly with the palm of your hand.
Step 5: Bake
Bake the cookies until set, then remove them from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
Hint: These cookies don’t spread much, so be sure to flatten them. They’ll retain whatever shape they are when you place them in the oven.
If you want to personalize these delicious maraschino cherry chocolate chip cookies, we have some ideas we think you’ll love.
Chocolate Chips – You can use milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips for this recipe. They all work well with the cherries.
Nuts – Try adding chopped pecans or walnuts to these cookies for extra flavor and some great crunch.
These cookies will last for about a week in the refrigerator or up to a month in the freezer.
Although this recipe is extremely simple, there are still a few things you should know to ensure you make the best cookies you possibly can. These are simple tips, but they can make a big difference in your cookies.
Fully Soften Your Butter – The key to successful baking begins with softened butter. When your butter is fully softened, it will incorporate easily into your sugars giving you that light, fluffy texture that you need for really great cookies. If it’s not softened all the way, you’ll end up with a lumpy mixture with chunks of pure butter in it.
Flatten Your Cookies – These cookies really don’t spread. Whatever shape they’re in when you pop them in the oven is the shape you’ll get when they come out, so be sure to flatten them a bit with the palm of your hand to get the right shape and thickness.
Measure Your Flour Properly – Don’t just scoop the flour out with your measuring cup. That leads to using too much flour. Instead, fluff the flour with a spoon and spoon it into your measuring cup until it’s overflowing. Then, use the flat of a knife to level off the scoop.
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If you have questions about this delicious recipe, we’ve got your answers. The following FAQ covers many of the commonly asked questions regarding these cookies.
How long will these cookies last?
They’ll keep for about a week in the refrigerator or up to a month in the freezer.
How do I freeze these cookies?
Simply place them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.
How do I defrost these cookies?
Just take out the desired number of cookies and let them defrost on the counter.
Why are my cookies so dry?
You probably used too much flour. If you pack your flour into your measuring cup by scooping it out by the cupful, you’ll end up using too much which will make your cookies dry. You can also dry them out by overbaking them.
Why is my dough so thin?
You might have added too much liquid. This probably happened when you added the chopped cherries. Be sure you drain your maraschino cherries thoroughly before chopping and adding them to the dough so you can control the moisture.
Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’re looking for a different kind of cookie, then give these maraschino cherry chocolate chip cookies a try. They’re delicious, they’re easy, and they have a look that’s perfect for the holidays. Serve them up for a family dessert or bring them to your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other holiday get-togethers. Once you try them, you’ll be hooked!
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Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies are a taste explosion and everyone's invited. Sweet maraschino cherries, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar come together to make an incredibly delicious, sweet confection that is full of flavor but not work.
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
- 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
Mix in the flour and maraschino cherry juice until it comes together as a dough. Fold in the chopped maraschino cherries and chocolate chips until well blended.
Roll 1 inch balls with your hands and flatten slightly when you place them on the prepared baking sheet (they don't spread much at all so whatever shape they are in when you put them in is how they will come out)
Bake for 12-14 minutes.