Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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There is an ice cream shop on Bainbridge Island that everybody flocks to. If you’ve ever lived in the Seattle area, especially on the Kitsap side, you know the quality of this handmade ice cream and their artisan flavors of the day, like lavender and rose petals (assuming those ingredients are in peak season). It’s called Mora Iced Creamery and it’s incredible – I heard they won 7th best in the U.S.? I’d bet best in Seattle at the very least. I was asked to go on a Mora run so I wrote down a whole bunch of flavor requests. My friend asked for chocolate cherry, which sounded so good that I wrote down the same thing. I scoured the flavor board, but only found cherry cheesecake. While the cherry cheesecake ice cream sounded appealing (and it WAS), I really got in the mood for chocolate cherry. I went home and whipped up a batch of these chewy, fudgy, and insanely delicious chocolate cherry cookies. Mora, if you could chop these up and swirl them in some vanilla ice cream for me next time, that’d be great.

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Fudgy chocolate cookies baked with chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries.

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Drain a 10 ounce jar of maraschino cherries onto a paper towel lined plate. Don’t throw out that drained cherry juice- pour it over a vanilla sundae! Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the melted butter and both sugars using the paddle attachment. Add in the room temperature egg, vanilla, and water. Beat until well blended.

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Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.

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Fold in the semi sweet chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries. I like to chop each cherry into fourths. Cover and bowl and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. I hate waiting too, but it’s totally worth it.

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Roll dough into rounded tablespoons and place on large, lightly greased cookie sheets. The batter will be thick, but slightly sticky. Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes, or until cookies are set. Let them rest on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temp.

Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Fudgy chocolate cookies baked with chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries.
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 hour
Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Fudgy chocolate cookies baked with chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries.
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
30 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup chocolate chips semi sweet
  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries drained and chopped
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the melted butter and both sugars.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla and water and beat until well blended.
  4. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped cherries. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  7. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until cookies are set. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to let cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Mom On Time Out.

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