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Black Forest Cookies

These black forest cookies are chocolate-y, chewy & soft and loaded with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips. Chocolate cherry cookies are easy to make, only 20 minutes from start to finish. Plus no chilling of the dough is needed!

black forest cookies with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips stacked in a pile on metal baking sheet

I wasn’t prepared for how popular our maraschino cherry chocolate chip cookies were going to be!

These black forest cookies are like the chocolate-y twin of our pink maraschino cookies!

I’m a chocolate fan through and through, so I know I wanted to make a chocolate cookie base that incorporated the same flavors!

black forest cookie dough balls with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips on silicone baking mat

How to make black forest cookies

First, there’s no need to chill this dough before you bake it, yay!!!!

To make chewy chocolate black forest cookies, start by beating the butter and brown sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat again.

Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add them to the wet ingredients, mixing with a spatula.

Lastly, gently mix in the maraschino cherries and chocolate chips.

Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls onto a silicone lined baking sheet. Press additional maraschino cherries and chocolate chips all around the outside of the dough ball. Bake and then let them cool!

black forest cookies with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips lined in a container with white paper

How to properly measure flour for cookies

Properly measuring flour in any baked good recipe is very crucial.

Spoon flour into the measuring cup, then use a butter knife to level it off. This is the proper and accurate way to measure flour.

Do not pack the flour down into the measuring cup.

Do not stick the measuring cup into the flour bag and scoop it out. This will result in too much flour in the recipe, making it dry.

black forest cookies with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips with bite taken out

Can I use dried cherries in place of maraschino cherries?

Yes, definitely! Chocolate black forest cookies will turn out great with either maraschino cherries or dried cherries. The texture will be a little different if you use dried cherries – the maraschino cherries are more juicy and soft compared to the dried cherries.

These are also a great black forest cherry cookie to make for christmas!

black forest cookies with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips on white background

Can I make these chocolate cherry cookies gluten free?

Yes! I recommend using King Arthur All Purpose Gluten Free Flour as a one for one substitute for regular all-purpose flour. We have used that flour with AWESOME results to make these cookies gluten free!

How to make cookies that LOOK AWESOME with lots of add ins

Okay, so cookies taste great, but we want them to look great too. Making cookies look awesome takes 1 extra step in the baking process.

Here’s the key: to make delicious, drool-worthy cookies, always add additional toppings to the outside of your dough balls before you put them in the oven. That way when your cookies are done baking, they’ll have all these delicious looking maraschino cherry pieces and chocolate chips piled on the outside!

black forest cookies with maraschino cherry pieces and chocolate chips with text overlay

What’s the best way to bake cookies?

The best way to bake cookies is on a cookie sheet that’s lined with a silicone baking mat. Also, bake cookies in the middle of your oven, one tray at a time.

Want more cookie recipes?

Rocky Road Cookies
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Black Forest Cookies

Black Forest Cookies

Yield: 12-14 cookies (1 dozen)
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These black forest cookies are chocolate-y, chewy & soft and loaded with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips. Chocolate cherry cookies are easy to make, only 20 minutes from start to finish. Plus no chilling of the dough is needed!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup drained & finely chopped maraschino cherries (plus extra for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus extra for garnish)
  • To top the cookies: additional chopped maraschino cherries and chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer for 1 minute, or until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, beat again.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing by hand with a spatula. The batter will be thick. 
  4. Drain and finely chop the maraschino cherries. Be sure to pat the cherries to absorb as much excess liquid as possible. Add in the chopped cherries and chocolate chips, mixing with a spatula until combined.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls onto a silicone lined baking sheet. Press additional maraschino cherry pieces and chocolate chips all around the outside of the dough balls.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool to the touch on the baking sheet (about 15 minutes) then move them to a cooling rack.

Notes

This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour too! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

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3 comments

  1. Small note: This mixture came out really dry for me if this happens to you just add abit of the cherry juice until you get the right cookie dough consistency.

    Other than that- black forest cake is my favorite cake to eat so when I found these cookies i was really excited!

    They do not disappoint! My co-workers can’t get enough!

  2. Followed the recipe exactly as written. Was delicious. My family thoroughly enjoyed them.

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