30 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Category winner: Desserts.


"I love chocolate and cherry flavors together, and I found great dried cherries from Maine for this recipe. I also used bittersweet instead of milk chocolate: Not only does it have less sugar, but it has a deeper flavor, too." —Marcie Dixon, Arlington Heights, Ill.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.

Step 3

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

March 05, 2016
Ocean Spray makes cherry-flavored dried cranberries. I often use them in recipes that call for cherries. You can't even tell they're cranberries!

Great Cookie

June 04, 2015
Following the recipe exactly as written and using a scale to weigh ingredients, these come out perfectly with no additions or alterations. The cookies are really delicious. I have made these numerous times, always with great consistent results.

carolrussell's Review

September 01, 2012
Excellent! I substituted 6 Tbsp. applesauce for the butter, 1/4 c. egg-beater for the large egg, and 3/4 c. Splenda brown sugar for the brown sugar. They were delicious and even healthier than the original recipe!

jennie51's Review

January 09, 2015
worthy of five ---- I made it slightly different from the written recipe -I added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts--( I have my own tree) and reduced the dried cherries to 1/2 cup, which I cut up smaller and I used 2/3 cups of hi protein white flour-- perfect and delicious. walmart does have true value dried cherries -- they are very good and less$ -- I use in my scones too.

candicemh's Review

April 06, 2013
These cookies are awesome and will go into my "permanent rotation." : ) I used a bittersweet Ghirardelli bar and dried cherries from TJ's (they weren't too big and added a nice punch of flavor). I also shared these with a friend who immediately asked for the recipe. Bonus: easy and fast to make. Melting the butter is the hardest part. Enjoy!

Easy and nut free!

October 04, 2016
Great cookie for my whole family...husband has heart issues, I need low sodium, and son is allergic to tree nuts & peanuts (most of the heart healthy recipient use peanut butter or walnuts to replace oil.). Incredibly easy, too. I found some dried oranges at Trader Joe's and made a batch with oranges....just as good as the cherry recipe.


August 19, 2016
This has become one of my favorite cookies as well as a favorite cookie of family and friends. They all want the recipe.  Sometimes I use cranberries, sometimes the cherries and sometimes mixed fruit.  I usually use only 1/2 to 2/3 cup of the fruit instead of a cup.

serving size

May 29, 2016
I haven't made these yet, but was trying to figure out the serving size. It has all the nutrient values listed per serving but doesn't say what's the actual serving size

JEMPDSG1's Review

February 03, 2014
These are great. I made them even easier by turning them into a bar cookie. Press the batter into a parchment-lined 13"X9" pan and baked at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cut when still slightly warm.

Mimipoof1's Review

January 30, 2014
I knew they were going to be good because the batter tasted good. I just had one out of the oven and it was delish ! I followed recipe exactly.