Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe with Maraschino Cherries! Easy Soft and chewy Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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These soft and chewy Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect treat for the Holidays and Christmas Parties! So good!

Be sure to try these other Cherry Recipes! All delicious and SUPER tasty!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: A stack of chocolate chip cookies with a cherry filling, surrounded by scattered oats, chocolate chips, and whole cherries.

The Best Cherry Cookies packed with Oats and Chocolate Chips! Great for a crowd, family dinners, and Holiday snacks!

A freshly baked Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie with chocolate chips and red candied pieces on top of a glass of milk.

Reasons to LOVE The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!

  • Soft and chewy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies! Check out below for my favorite tip for getting soft and chewy cookies EVERY TIME!
  • Packed with Maraschino Cherries and Chocolate Chips – the PERFECT Holiday, Christmas Cookie, Valentine’s Day cookie – or ANYTIME!! So fun!
  • You can whip these Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies in less than 30 minutes, making them a GREAT Holiday treat for guest and friends coming over!

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What you will need to make The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!

  • Maraschino Cherries (you’ll need the cherries and the juice)
  • Butter, Sugar, and Brown Sugar
  • Egg and Vanilla
  • Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt
  • Quick Oats, Mini Chocolate Chips, and Salt Sea (this is optional)

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies perfectly combine the flavor of fruit and chocolate! The combination of chocolate with the cherries in these Cherry Cookies is just the thing for your Holiday gatherings!

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Best Cherry Cookies

The Best Cherry Cookies! My FAVORITE TIP to making them soft and chewy with every bite – DON’T OVER BAKE THE COOKIES!

Bake the cookies for 9 minutes, then remove from the oven. Allow them to completely cool on the baking sheet. This gives them a soft, gooey center – which is my favorite type of cookie!

Homemade Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe cooling on a wire rack.

Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Maraschino Cherries bring so much flavor to these Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies! A super fun and festive Christmas treat everyone will love!

Let me know below how much your friends and family love them this Holiday season!

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How to make The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!

First, start by prepping a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

A bowl of cherry chocolate chip cookies wrapped in a paper towel.

Next, drain the Maraschino Cherries (but be sure to keep the juice!) De-stem and dice the cherries. And you can use a paper towel to dry the cherries off.

Cookie dough in a glass bowl surrounded by ingredients such as oats, flour, candy sprinkles, and cherry chocolate chips on a marble countertop for a Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

Now add the butter, sugar, and brown sugar to a bowl and cream together.

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Add the egg and vanilla to the bowl, then mix in the cherry juice (about 1 tablespoon).

Ingredients for baking in a glass bowl on a marble countertop, including flour, oats, and an egg mixture for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Next, add your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) and mix until fully incorporated.

Ingredients for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe including oats, chopped red candied cherries, and chocolate chips in a glass mixing bowl.

Now measure in the mini chocolate chips, oats, and Maraschino Cherries. Fold them in until combined.

A close-up of Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie dough with chocolate chips and red cherry pieces, scooped by a metal spoon.

Using a cookie scoop, create cookie dough balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet (I used a two tablespoon cookie scoop for the cookie dough balls.)

Cherry chocolate chip cookie dough scooped onto baking paper, ready to be baked.

Bake the cookies for 9 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Freshly baked Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies with red candied cherries on parchment paper.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until completely cool. (This is my favorite tip to making soft and chewy cookies!)

Finally, you can top the cookies off with more mini chocolate chips and sea salt if you’d like. Then they are ready to enjoy!

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The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Yields: 22 cookies
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 9 minutes
Additional time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
16 ounces maraschino cherries (cherries and juice – drained & de-stemmed)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cherry juice
1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup quick oats
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided (optional for garnishing)
Sea salt to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Drain (but save the juice), de-stem, and dice the cherries and set aside (about 1 cup of drained & diced cherries). Use a paper towel to get the cherries as dry as possible.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium size mixing bowl.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well, and then stir in the cherry juice.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Gently fold in the oats, mini chocolate chips (1/2 cup and keep 1/4 cup for garnishing – optional), and diced cherries.
Use a two tablespoon cookie scoop and create cookie dough balls.
Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet about 2” apart and bake for 9 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Garnish with mini chocolate chips and sea salt (optional).

Notes:
● Cookies will store at room temperature for 1-3 days in an airtight container.
● Cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container and then baked according to the directions.
● If you want to save time on the preparation time, buy cherries that are already de-stemmed.
● Regular chocolate chips can be used in place of mini chocolate chips.
● Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for smaller cookies but twice as many – only bake for 8 minutes.

A Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe for a stack of chocolate chip and cherry cookies with visible cherries and chocolate pieces, set against a blurred background.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Yield: 22 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes

The Best Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe with Maraschino Cherries! Easy Soft and chewy Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces maraschino cherries (cherries and juice - drained & de-stemmed)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cherry juice
  • 1 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided (optional for garnishing)
  • Sea salt to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Drain (but save the juice), de-stem, and dice the cherries and set aside (about 1 cup of drained & diced cherries). Use a paper towel to get the cherries as dry as possible. 
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium size mixing bowl. 
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well, and then stir in the cherry juice.
  5. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  6. Gently fold in the oats, mini chocolate chips (1/2 cup and keep 1/4 cup for garnishing - optional), and diced cherries.
  7. Use a two tablespoon cookie scoop and create cookie dough balls. 
  8. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet about 2” apart and bake for 9 minutes. 
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Garnish with mini chocolate chips and sea salt (optional).

Notes

  • Cookies will store at room temperature for 1-3 days in an airtight container. 
  • Cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container and then baked according to the directions.
  • If you want to save time on the preparation time, buy cherries that are already de-stemmed. 
  • Regular chocolate chips can be used in place of mini chocolate chips. 
  • Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for smaller cookies but twice as many - only bake for 8 minutes. 

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A close-up of a freshly baked Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie with chocolate chips and cherries, broken in half to show the gooey interior, with a glass of milk and scattered ingredients in the background.

Can I use regular chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips?

Absolutely! Mini Chocolate Chips are my preferred chocolate chip to use, but regular chocolate chips work just as good for this recipe.

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Can you freeze Maraschino Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies?

I love to freeze the dough balls so that whenever I need some fresh cookies, I can pull out the amount I need and bake according to the directions.

Freshly baked cookies for my friends and family in just minutes!

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What can I use the Maraschino Cherry juice for?

I use a tablespoon in the cookie dough! This brings even more cherry flavor to the cookies throughout each bite. YUM!

Finally, another great Cherry Recipe to check out is this Cherry Dump Cake with Pineapple! Made super easy with boxed cake mix! Super tasty!

Cherry chocolate chip cookies with maraschino cherries.

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