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Chocolate Cherry Bon Bons

A chewy, crispy dark chocolate cookie spiced up with a little chipotle, cherry on top, and covered in ganache. Rich and delicious - perfect for holiday cookie trays
Course Dessert - Cookies
Cuisine Amercian Heritage, Holiday
Keyword cherry, chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 120kcal
Author Marye Audet-White




  • 1/2 cup Butter room temperature
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Extra dark cocoa
  • 1/4 Chipotle powder (may omit )
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 36 Maraschino cherries without stems drained, and patted dry (reserve juice)


  • 1 cup Bittersweet chocolate chips bittersweet
  • 1/2 cup Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Amaretto or cherry juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa, chipotle, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well.
  • Form the dough into 36 balls using about a heaping teaspoon of dough for each.
  • Roll the dough in confectioner's sugar.
  • Push a cherry into each one.
  • Cover with the ganache.
  • Bake for 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Ganache
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Heat until the chocolate is melted.
  • Blend well.
  • Add the Amaretto or cherry juice.
  • Spoon on top of each cherry, covering it completely, before baking.


  • Make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature - it's important to the way the cookies come out.
  • If the dough seems too soft to roll into balls chill it for about 30 minutes.
  • Be sure the cherries are drained well and you've dried them with paper towels. The frosting won't stick otherwise.
  • You can use any kind of cocoa you want. I really like the extra dark cocoa because it gives the cookies a deeper flavor.
  • You can use any kind of chocolate chips - milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, etc.
  • Don't use an off brand sweetened condensed milk. Some of them make the ganache come out grainy.
  • These freeze well for up to 3 months.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg