Rum Cherry + Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I feel like I should apologize because I know your screens have been flooded with dozens upon dozens of cookie recipes… but really, life could be worse. So how about one more?! However I should note that these aren’t your typical holiday cookie. These are cookies that you should probably keep to yourself and hide from your children, nieces, nephews or those neighbor kids. Yeah, definitely don’t give these to the neighbor kids. These are a no-need-to-share-keep’em-all-to-your-self kind of cookie. My favorite kind.

Ps. boozy cookies rule.

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I’m happy to be one of six bloggers that is teaming up with the Ohio Poultry Association in the Take a Bite of My State Cookie EGGs-change. The idea is to develop a cookie that represents in some way the state we are from and contains the glorious, delicious and extremely important, egg. How fun!

To say I’m an egg fanatic is an understatement. For many years, eggs were just eggs… until I had a taste of my first farm-fresh egg. The color of a farm egg is stunning; almost a deep orange and the yolks are silky and rich. But besides their exceptional nutritional value, eggs will amplify the richness, tenderness and adds moisture so your cookies so they remain moist and have a less of a chance at becoming stale. Truth: I always have two dozen eggs in my fridge.

…and four boxes of butter, but that’s a different story.

Cherry Collage

Now let’s talk about these cookies, shall we? Living in Michigan, I just knew I had to go the cherry route. Traverse City, Michigan has claimed itself the “cherry capitol of the world” and that’s exactly the place where my dried cherries are from. Neat-o.


So there I was perusing through my cookie section on this here site-of-mine and I found this oldie-but-goodie recipe for toasted pecan and oatmeal rum raisin cookies {totally to die for} that I had made a few years back and it sparked an idea. I knew I had some rum in my pantry {uhhh who doesn’t?} so I decided to give the dried cherries a nice little soak, mix them in to a pretty basic cookie dough and then of course I added both white and dark chocolate chunks for an overall dreamy, boozy, chocolaty cookie.

Think drunken cordial cherries in cookie form. Heaven.

chopped cherries

Grab a handful of dried cherries and give them a coarse chop. Overall you need about 3/4 cup of chopped dried cherries.

cup of rum

I place them into a small saucepan and poured a cup of dark rum over top.

simmer for 20 minutes

Then I brought it all up to a simmer and let it bubble away for 15-20 minutes or until the cherries are super soft. Then just let them hang out in the rum bath while you start making the dough.

flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder

In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and powder.


Give it a good whisking and fluff that flour before setting it off to the side.

butter and sugars

In the bowl of your mixer, add the stick of butter and 2/3 cup of both dark brown and granulated sugar.

light and fluffy

Mix on medium speed for a couple of minute until it’s light and fluffy.

crack an egg

Add each egg, one at a time, mixing well after each one.


You’ll want to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure you get all the eggs in there.


Measure and pour in the teaspoon of real vanilla extract and quickly blend to combine.

mix in the dry

With your mixer running on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients until they are incorporated.

drain the rum cherries

Drain those drunken cherries…

drunk cherries

…add them to the cookie dough…

dark and white chocolate

Lastly add in both of the coarsely chopped chocolates and mix until combined.


Goodness me.


Use a two tablespoon scoop to measure and drop the cookies onto a lined, rimmed cookie sheet.


Pop them into a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes orrrrr until the edges and tops are lightly golden.

just baked

The smell of these cookies baking is incredible. I just can’t even describe it.

Rum Cherry + Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

But they taste… oh they taste amazing. I know, I’m supposed to say that… but glory be! They’re so soft, chewy and perfect! I could ever so delicately taste the rum cherries and then the mixture of the two chocolate comes in and I’m a goner. Dead from delicious drunken cherry and chocolate cookie overdose.

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Check out my friends and there Egg-celent {ha!} cookie creations!

Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil - White Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Aimee of Shugary Sweets - White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Tanya of Lemons for Lulu -Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Megan of Country Cleaver - Cranberry White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Julianne of Beyond Frosting - Maple Sugar Cookies

Ps… A big THANK YOU to the Ohio Poultry Association for sponsoring this post!

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Rum Cherry + Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Think drunken cordial cherries in cookie form.

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


3/4 cup chopped Dried Cherries

1 cup Dark Rum

2-1/4 cup, plus one tablespoon All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened

2/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar

2/3 cup White Granulated Sugar

2 whole Eggs

1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract

1 {4 ounce} bar of Dark Chocolate, chopped

1 {4 ounce} bar of White Chocolate, chopped

This recipe was developed for the Ohio Poultry Association.


FOR THE RUM SOAKED CHERRIES: Place the coarsely chopped dried cherries into a small saucepan and pour the cup of dark rum over top.

Over medium-high heat, bring the rum and cherries to a simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove off of the heat and let them sit while you make the cookies.

FOR THE COOKIES: In the bowl of you mixer; add in the stick of butter and both the granulated and dark brown sugars. Blend those together on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until the butter/sugar mixture is fluffy.

Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl after each egg.

Measure and add in the teaspoon of real vanilla extract and blend until combined.

Gradually add in the flour mixture while your mixer is on low until the flour is incorporated.

Drain the rum soaked cherries, chopped dark and white chocolate and add them to the cookie dough. Mix on low until combined, scraping the sides and the bottom of the bowl one last time.

Use a two tablespoon scoop; measure out the cookie dough onto a lined, rimmed baking sheet, spacing them an inch or so apart.

Bake the cookies in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

Let the cookies cool slightly for 5-8 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

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16 Responses to “Rum Cherry + Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — December 12, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I love your chocolate merlot cookies and I’m sure I would love these! The more cookies the better :)

  2. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — December 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wow. This is a serious cookie. I would never share these with anyone! hahaha. I don’t think you can ever have too many cookies this time of year :)

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    Kathryn — December 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I love a good boozy cookie and these sound totally up my street.

  4. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — December 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh heck yes! I love cookies with cherries and these sound amazing.

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 12th, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

      Thanks Kelli!

  5. #
    Tieghan Gerard — December 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Boozy cookies just scream Christmas! Love these!! :)

  6. #
    tanya — December 13, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Boozy cookies ARE the best! There is so much to love about these cookies, all that chocolate and those cherries…I could eat more than my fair share!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

    LOVE boozy cookies. And I’m loving the cherries too!! these are the perfect holiday treat Laurie!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I’ll make room in my recipe book for a boozy cookie. These look amazing. Pinned.

  9. #
    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — December 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Holy mother of whaaaaa??? GAWD and I was doing well dropping a few pounds, and then THIS, THIS!!!!! Everyone is posting delicious cookies!!! xoxo

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 10:20 am

      I know… I’m waiting for summer to start that whole process. NOT. :) Miss your face homeslice!

  10. #
    dishing up the dirt — December 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve only had booze in cake (and ice cream) never in cookie form! These sound fantastic!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Yes boozy cookies definitely trump the regular ones any day.


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