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Black Forest Cookies

Black Forest Cookies are rich and soft with a sweet, cherry-filled center, allowing you to have a bite of Black Forest heaven instead of a slice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Sandra



  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips coarsely chopped
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling


  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 5 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
  • 1-2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 24 Maraschino cherries with stems on



  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Beat butter on high speed until creamy. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Switch to medium speed and beat in the sugars until well combined.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and continue to mix scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low add the dry and slowly beat until dough is formed.
  • Scoop the dough with a tablespoon then roll with your hands to smooth the outside. Place on a cookie sheet and press your thumb in the center to make a slight indent. Open the can of pie filling and place 2 cherries and some filling in the middle of each cookie.
  • Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once completely cooled you may take a little of the pie filling, no cherries and scrape a little on the center of each cookie to add some additional cherry flavor. This is completely optional (the kids love it).


  • Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Gradually mix in powdered sugar and milk 1 tablespoons at a time until you get a smooth creamy mixture that is a little stiff but easy to spread. 
  • Frost each cookie gently by getting a tablespoon or so of frosting on your knife. Starting in the center place the frosting on the cookie and gently work your way out. Top with a maraschino cherry, chocolate covered cherry or cherry pie filling.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg