If you love cherries and you love chocolate, you're going to LOVE these easy, chewy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies! It's a quick and easy no-chill recipe that's full of great flavors and textures.
Cherries and chocolate are an incredible combination (hello, Black Forest Cake!).
So, I love bringing those flavors together with these easy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies.
They're chewy, yet crisp. Sweet and flavorful. Studded with jewels red candied cherries and bursts of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
What more could you want in a cookie?
This recipe is for Toll House style cookies, but with cherries!
Make them for an afterschool snack of cookies and milk, bring a big batch to a party or potluck, or whip them up for a Christmas cookie exchange.
If you're looking for more great desserts, be sure to try Eggnog Pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Meringue Lollipops, or Mini Pavlova with Lemon Curd!
Why This Recipe Works
- Soft, chewy cookies with a crisp edge - the best kind of cookies!
- This is an easy no-chill cookie recipe.
- A kid-friendly recipe.
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies bring together to great friends: cherries and chocolate!
- It's a very flexible recipe - try adding a handful of chopped nuts, swapping the chocolate chips for butterscotch chips, or using raisins instead of candied cherries.
- Ready in just 15 minutes.
- Freezable cookie dough.
- Candied Cherries - Candied cherries (also called glacé cherries) are cherries that have been simmered in syrup and are bright red.
- Flour - Use regular plain flour/all-purpose flour.
- Butter - If you're using salted butter, you don't need to add any more to the batter. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the batter.
- Brown sugar and white sugar - the mix of the two sugars are perfect for chewy cookies.
- Egg - one large egg helps bind the ingredients and get the cookie structure.
- Baking soda - aka bicarbonate of soda, not baking powder.
- Almond extract - The almond flavor works well with the cherries. You can substitute pure vanilla extract.
- Salt - add a pinch of salt if using unsalted butter.
- Chocolate chips - Use chips or chunks. I use semi-sweet, but you can swap to your favorite chips.
See the recipe card for the full method and quantities.
What are candied cherries?
Candied cherries (also called glacé cherries) are fresh cherries that have been simmered in thick sugar syrup until all the natural moisture in the cherries is replaced by the syrup. This results in bright red candied cherries.
You can even try making your own candied cherries!
If you're wondering how to make this cherry chocolate chip cookie recipe, don't worry, it's easy!
Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Stir the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add the butter and both sugars to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
Gently stir in the chocolate chips and chopped candied cherries.
Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake at 375F/190C for 8-10 minutes or until golden at the edges.
- For Christmas, try adding some green candied cherries too, for a festive color.
- Swap the vanilla extract for almond. Almond works very well with the flavor of cherries.
- Add in ¼ cup of chopped nuts, like walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
- Swap the cherries for other dried fruit.
- Use white or dark chocolate chips instead of semisweet.
Don't overbake the cookies. The middles should be set but not browned in order to get that classic chewy cookie texture!
The type of sugar used will determine if your cookies are chewy or crispy. White sugar is for crispy cookies, while brown sugar makes them chewy. Using a mix of both white and brown sugar makes chewy cookies with crispy edges.
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mixing bowl
- Cookie sheet
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter (1 stick, softened)
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (6-ounce package )
- ½ cup candied cherries (chopped )
- Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.
- Stir the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add the butter and both sugars to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla.
- Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
- Gently stir in the chocolate chips and chopped candied cherries.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden at the edges. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then gently transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
What a fun and delicious take on chocolate chips cookies. The cherries add so much flavor!
This recipe reminds me of those chocolate covered cherries I ate when I was a kid. All the delicious flavours in a cookie version.
What a unique cookie! Love the addition of candied cherries!
Love the flavour of cherries in these chocolate chip cookies! I'll be making them again soon.
These were fabulous! I made them with both red and green cherries to make them extra festive!!