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A plate of chewy chocolate black forest cookies, studded with bits of maraschino cherry and drizzled in white chocolate.
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Chewy Black Forest Cookies

This Chewy Black Forest Cookies recipe is one of the earlier recipes posted to my blog, but is a perennial favourite. Great for holiday entertaining & gifting!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Servings: 24 Large cookies
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Marie Porter


2 Baking Sheets


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 ¼ cups Butter softened
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract*
  • 1 cup Maraschino Cherries chopped and well drained
  • 1-2 cups White Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  • Cream together sugars and softened butter. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  • Slowly add dry ingredient mixture, mix until fully incorporated. Add chopped cherries, stir just until evenly distributed.
  • Roll dough into 1.5” balls, and place on un-greased cookie sheets, leaving 2″ between cookies. Flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cookies will puff during baking, be soft when removed, and will flatten and set when removed from the oven.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes, until cookies are set. Move cookies to wire rack to cool.
  • Melt white chocolate chips – I like to place them in a glass bowl and microwave them for 45 seconds at a time until almost melted, then stirring until fully melted. .
  • Use a spoon or pastry bag to drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies, allow chocolate to cool and set completely


* Feel free to substitute almond extract, maraschino cherry liqueur, or kirsch.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg