Chocolate-Maraschino Cherry Cookies

Chocolate and cherries are a classic combination, and this pink-and-brown dessert is easy to prepare with Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix.

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

Cookies

1
pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter, softened
1
egg
1
teaspoon cherry extract
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
1/2
cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/4
cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate-Covered Cherries

1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4
teaspoon shortening
36
maraschino cherries with stems

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, flour, butter, egg, cherry extract, almond extract and cherry juice with spoon until soft dough forms. Stir in chopped cherries and miniature chocolate chips.
  • 2 Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Using end of wooden spoon handle, immediately make indentation in center of each cookie. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/4 cup chocolate chips and the shortening uncovered on High in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until chips are softened; stir until smooth. Dip each stemmed cherry in melted chocolate and place in indentation of each cooled cookie.

Expert Tips

You will need 2 (10-oz) jars of maraschino cherries for both the cookies and the chocolate-dipped cherries.

If you’re not planning to serve the cookies right away, wait to dip and place the cherries on the cookies until just before serving.