Today I bring you the BEST CHRISTMAS COOKIE EVER!!!
Sorry to virtually scream that at you. But I’m super serious about these cookies. They are no joke. They top every other Christmas cookie out there.
When I was a kid, my mom and I would devote a whole weekend in early December to making Christmas cookies. We would take over the kitchen and churn out six to eight different kinds of cookies over the course of two days. By Sunday night I would inevitably be sick from eating so much sugar! But I loved it and I looked forward to that weekend with my mom every year.
Out of all the cookies we baked for the Holidays, these Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies were always my favorite. And all these years later, they are still at the very top of my list.
The bottom layer is kind of like a cross between a cookie and a brownie. It’s deeply chocolatey, soft and a bit chewy. The frosting on top is thick and sweet (I guess I have a thing for cookies with a puddle of chocolate on top). But the cherry in the middle is definitely my favorite part. Biting into one of these cookies and discovering that juicy cherry hiding out between all that chocolate is akin to opening presents on Christmas morning.
My mom got this recipe from a friend of hers in the early 80’s, so I’m not sure of the original origin of these cookies. Update: Karen told me these also go by the name Buried Cherry Cookies and the recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens. Mystery solved!
I definitely recommend doubling this recipe. A single batch makes less than two dozen cookies (trust me, you will want more than that!) and if you double the recipe you avoid the pesky problem of having leftover sweetened condensed milk.