Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful!

These Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful!

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I love crinkle cookies because of their beautiful crackled powdered sugar tops and soft texture, but I had never actually made them myself. I’ve been eyeing a recipe in my favorite Betty Crocker cookbook for years, and I wanted to finally try it but with a twist. Since I love chocolate-covered cherries, I decided to add some cherry flavor to these tasty chocolate cookies.

These Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful!

The cherry flavor in these crinkle cookies is subtle, but you could add even more maraschino cherries to the mix if you want it to be stronger. The dough is quite soft, so you need to handle it a bit delicately when you coat the dough balls in powdered sugar. I’ll show you how in this quick video before I get to the full recipe.

I would be happy to enjoy these chocolate cherry cookies any time of year, but they will be especially perfect for holiday cookie exchanges and goodie bags. Enjoy!

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These Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful!

Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Chocolate cookies with maraschino cherries coated in powdered sugar.

  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. all purpose flour OK to substitute spelt flour if wheat intolerant
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 maraschino cherries chopped
  • 1 c. powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 30 seconds. Stir, and heat another 30 seconds. Stir vigorously for about a minute, and all chocolate should be melted. If unmelted chocolate remains, heat for 15-30 seconds longer and stir again until melted.
  3. With an electric mixer or by hand, stir together melted chocolate, sugar, cherry juice, and oil. Stir in eggs one at a time until smooth.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until dry ingredients are incorporated. Gently stir in chopped cherries. Dough will be soft.
  5. Place powdered sugar in a pie plate or other shallow dish. Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon measure, drop balls of dough into the powdered sugar. Roll each cookie around in the sugar, and then gently bounce it in your hand to shake off excess and shape it into a ball again. Press the top of the coated dough ball lightly into the sugar to coat it well, and then place cookies on the lined baking sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes, allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Category: Dessert

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These Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful!
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

27 comments

Sandra N
4 years ago

Hi there! I am sorry but I found these to be very boring. Very little chocolate flavor and couldn’t taste the cherry at all. A waste of my time and ingredients.

Lauren
5 years ago

Hi I was wondering if the maraschino cherry juice is a separate ingredient or is it juice that the cherries themselves come in? Sorry if that’s a stupid question!

Anthony
2 months ago

Hi Lauren, that is a good question. They are the same thing and you can buy the juice separately if needed. It is typically sold as grenadine in the beverage section of grocery stores. Rose’s is a great brand of it.

Funni ws|funni.ws
9 years ago

Great post.

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
9 years ago

Love the chocolate and cherry together here, Andi, and I’m LOVING your videos! This one is super helpful, I wouldn’t have known how much sugar to put on and how it helps with the crinkling! And those are some fabulous favorite things. Especially that lovely bowl! :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Ashlyn! This video is kind of pathetic, so I appreciate your kind words :) I only put a little sugar on the first tray of cookies, and it almost all disappeared, so I thought it would be helpful to show how much you need. Hope you are enjoying the holidays so far! xo

Carol at Wild Goose Tea
9 years ago

What pretty cookies—-the while looks like snow flakes. Particularly like the mix of the cherries with the chocolate.
Great cookies year round in my (recipe) book. Ho Ho Ho

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Carol! My tastes aren’t very seasonal. I’m happy to eat pumpkin and chocolate covered cherries all year round!

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
9 years ago

I love the addition of the cherries to this chocolate cookie! You’ve made more than I have since Thursday – I’ve steered clear of the kitchen;) I’ll just come over and eat your cookies!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Sarah! It was so great to meet you this week! Hope to see you again soon :)

Svetlana
9 years ago

Oh yummmm ! :))) I Love Chocolafe ;) Thanks Andi ;)

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Svetlana! I love your name! I wanted to use that it if we ever had a daughter, but I didn’t think we could pull it up since we’re not Russian. It’s one of my favorites! Do you use Sveta for a nickname?

Svetlana
9 years ago

:) Thanks Andi, and yes I’m Russian :). The short form of my name is Sveta. Svetlana means “ligth”. I love my name too ;)

Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do
9 years ago

Those cookies look incredible! Crinkle cookies are one of my favorites too. Such a pretty Christmas cookie! Great post.

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Nicole! You are so sweet! xo

Karen @ The Food Charlatan
9 years ago

I love chocolate and cherry together!! These sound amazing Andi! Pinned :)

Andi
9 years ago

Me too, Karen. Thanks so much!!

Sara @ Bitz & Giggles
9 years ago

I love the cookies you’re featuring along with your great giveaway! What a wonderful combination of chocolate and cherries! I have multiple family members who would LOVE these!

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks so much, Sara! I’m so glad you like the recipe!

Liz
9 years ago

Great cookie recipe, Andi. Thank you.

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Liz!

Pat Whitley
9 years ago

My Gma always used to make chocolate crinkles. I bet she would have loved the cherry version!

Andi
9 years ago

I’m glad this brought back nice memories for you, Pat. Happy Holidays!

Ginny McMeans
9 years ago

LOVE your video! I want ALL of your favorite things too!

Andi
9 years ago

You are sweet, Ginny. The lighting in my kitchen is so bad, and it shows in that video! I shared it anyway because I think it’s helpful even if not well made ;) Good luck in the giveaway! xo

Melanie | Melanie Makes
9 years ago

My favorite things list is so similar to yours, Andi – so not surprised! Pinned this gorgeous cookie recipe!

Andi
9 years ago

I guess I’m not surprised either because I think we’re a lot alike :) Thank you so much, Melanie!

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