Chocolate-Cherry Drop Cookies

Stir dried cherries into chocolate dough with chocolate chunks.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: about 2 dozen
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1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 large eggs

One 11-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chunks

1 cup dried cherries


  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa and salt together in a medium bowl. Put the butter, unsweetened and semisweet chocolates in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until melted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir the granulated and light brown sugars into the chocolate mixture until blended and then add the milk, vanilla and eggs and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon or spatula until thick and glossy. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
  4. Drop the batter in heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2-inches apart. Bake until the cookies are set on the edges but still soft in the middle, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time. Cool on the baking sheets on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the wire rack to cool completely. 

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)