Deliciously Fruity: Cherry Bomb Cookies Recipe

“Are you ready to explode with flavor? Then get ready to try my Cherry Bomb Cookies recipe, which is sure to be a hit among dessert lovers. These cookies are sweet, pink, and bursting with delicious maraschino cherry goodness.

As a baker, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes to try out in my kitchen. But there’s something special about the Cherry Bomb Cookie recipe that caught my attention. Maybe it’s the playful name or the fact that they look so cute with their little cherries on top. But let me tell you – these cookies are much more than just a pretty face.

The combination of buttery cookie dough and juicy maraschino cherries creates an absolute explosion of flavor in each bite. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try using the boozy cherry variety to give these cookies an adult twist.

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy with your morning coffee or need a fun party dessert idea, these Cherry Bomb Cookies are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. So get ready to ignite your taste buds and dive into my recipe for the ultimate chocolate-cherry bomb delight.”

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cherry Bomb Cookies
Cherry Bomb Cookies

Fellow bakers, let me convince you why you will fall head over heels in love with this Cherry Bomb Cookies Recipe.

First of all, who doesn’t love the joy of indulging in sweet pink cherry baked goodies? These cookies are the epitome of sweet treats – a perfect balance of sweet and tart, with bits of maraschino cherries scattered throughout each bite.

But wait, there’s more! These aren’t just any old cookies; they are the “bomb” cookies. That’s right, Cherry Bomb Cookies, from Trisha Yearwood’s kitchen to yours. You’ll be the talk of the town when your loved ones bite into these scrumptious desserts.

And if that weren’t enough to convince you, these cookies have a hidden cherry surprise in the middle! It’s like a cherry filling wrapped in a soft sugar cookie – boom!

The recipe is super easy to make and requires no special culinary skills – it only takes 15 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to bake for about 36 cookies. So whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out on your culinary adventures, you’re guaranteed to get perfectly baked cookies every time you try this recipe.

These cookies are perfect for any and every occasion. Whether it’s for family gatherings or simply satisfying your craving for something sweet, these Cherry Bomb Cookies should earn a staple spot in your recipe box.

So what are you waiting for? Run to your kitchen and gather the ingredients – you won’t regret diving into this sweet delight that’ll blast your taste buds right off their feet!

Ingredient List

 Explosive flavor in every bite
Explosive flavor in every bite

As a baker, I understand how crucial it is to have accurate measurements and high-quality ingredients to achieve perfect outcomes in baking. For these Cherry Bomb Cookies, we need the following:

Wet Ingredients

  • Butter: 1 cup (2 sticks), softened at room temperature.
  • Eggs: 2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature.

Dry Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour: 3 cups.
  • Granulated sugar: 2 cups, divided quantities.
  • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon.
  • Baking powder: 2 teaspoons.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon.


  • Maraschino Cherries: 60 cherries, with stems rinsed and patted dry using paper towels.

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling

  • Cream Cheese: 8 oz (225 grams), softened at room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar: 1/4 cup (60 grams).
  • Cherry Juice/Extract: 3/4 cup sweet pink cherry juice or extract.
  • Vodka (Optional): 1/4 cup or as needed for a boozy cherry kick.

White Chocolate Drizzle

  • White Chocolate Baking Chips/Bars‘: Approximately 16 oz of high-quality White Chocolate Baking Chips or Bars.

The Recipe How-To

 These cookies will blow your taste buds away
These cookies will blow your taste buds away

Now, we get into the fun part – the how-to! Get all of your ingredients measured and ready to go, then let’s get started on making these delicious Cherry Bomb Cookies.

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. This is a standard temperature setting for baking cookies, ensuring that they come out perfectly cooked in the middle and with a slightly crisp outside.

Step 2: Make The Cream Cheese Filling

In a small mixing bowl, mix together an 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened) and ¼ cup of granulated sugar until it’s smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Make The Cookie Dough

In a separate large mixing bowl, beat together 1 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, 2 cups of granulated sugar until well combined.

Next, add 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt, and give it a quick stir.

Then gradually add in 3 cups of all-purpose flour mixture while mixing on low speed until dough forms.

Once your dough has formed, take your maraschino cherries and cut each one in half. Set aside 60 halves for later use. Chop the remaining cherries into small pieces and add them into the cookie dough mixture.

Mix everything together until the cherries are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Step 4: Assemble The Cherry Bomb Cookies

Scoop a tablespoon-sized ball of cookie dough (approximately 2 tablespoons) onto your hand. Flatten each one between your palms to make a flat circle.

Place a spoonful of cream cheese mixture on top of each cookie dough circle before adding half maraschino cherry.

Form the cookie dough around each cherry to make a ball or bomb shape ensuring that no cherry is exposed on the surface. Continue this process with all remaining cookie dough balls.

Place each cherry bomb cookie approximately two inches apart from one another onto an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick silicone liner.

Bake for 12-13 minutes at 350°F or until lightly golden brown on top. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

That’s it! You’ve now made these tasty Cherry Bomb Cookies like a pro. Enjoy them as an afternoon snack or dessert with friends and loved ones.

Substitutions and Variations

 Cherry lovers rejoice: this recipe is for you
Cherry lovers rejoice: this recipe is for you

Now, for those adventurous bakers out there, let’s dive into some substitutions and variations that can be made to this delicious recipe.

For a boozy cherry twist, try soaking the maraschino cherries in vodka for a few hours before adding them to the cookie dough. This will give your Cherry Bomb Cookies an extra kick and make for a fun adult treat.

If you’re looking for a chocolate-covered cherry flavor, swap out the all-purpose flour for a chocolate cake mix. This will turn your Cherry Bomb Cookies into rich, decadent chocolate cherry bombs that are sure to please any sweet tooth.

For those who prefer a simpler flavor profile, try using sugar cookie dough instead of the standard cookie base. This will bring out the sweet pink cherry flavor and create a deliciously delicate treat.

Feeling creative? Take some inspiration from Oreo cookies and create an Oreo Cherry Bomb Cookie by crushing up Oreos and adding them to the cream cheese mixture before forming into small cookie balls. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, top the cookies with some vegan chocolate or white chocolate for an even more indulgent dessert.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to these Cherry Bomb Cookies. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

 A surprise cherry center that's a burst of flavor in every bite
A surprise cherry center that’s a burst of flavor in every bite

Like any good dessert, these Cherry Bomb Cookies are best enjoyed with your favorite beverage. I personally enjoy pairing them with a nice cold glass of milk or hot cup of coffee. Their sweet, pink cherry middle is the perfect complement to a bold cup of joe or a creamy glass of milk.

If you really want to kick things up a notch, try enjoying these cookies with a boozy cherry cocktail. The maraschino cherries used in the recipe can also be soaked in your favorite vodka for an extra boozy cherry flavor.

These cookies are perfect for serving at parties or gatherings. They are sure to impress and leave your guests wanting more! To serve, you can simply place the cookies on a platter or plate and let your guests help themselves. You can also serve them as part of a larger dessert spread alongside other sweet treats like chocolate covered strawberries and mini cheesecakes.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with serving and pairing options. These cookies lend themselves well to experimentation, so feel free to try out different beverage pairings and see what works best for you!

One thing is for sure though, when it comes to these Cherry Bomb Cookies, there’s no such thing as too many. So make sure you bake plenty to go around!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cookies are the cherry on top of any dessert table
These cookies are the cherry on top of any dessert table

You can make the Cherry Bomb Cookies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container to preserve freshness. The cookies will last for up to a week at room temperature, or up to two weeks if stored in the fridge.

If you want to freeze the cookies, I highly recommend that you bake them first, let them cool completely, and then store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

When reheating the cookies, be sure not to overheat them, as they can become too soft or sticky. Simply warm them up in the microwave for around 10-15 seconds, or heat them in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes. Serve them warm with a cold glass of milk, and enjoy this sweet and flavorful dessert!

One pro-tip here: If you’re planning to serve these cookies at a party or gathering, make sure to keep some extra batches handy for unexpected visitors! These cookies are so delicious that once they’re gone, your guests will be asking for more!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready for a flavor explosion with these Cherry Bomb Cookies!
Get ready for a flavor explosion with these Cherry Bomb Cookies!

Baking is both an art and a science. And when it comes to making the perfect Cherry Bomb Cookies, there are few things to keep in mind to ensure your cookies come out looking and tasting great. Here are some tips that will help you make perfect cookies:

First, make sure you measure your ingredients correctly. Use a kitchen scale if you have one, or measure ingredients using leveled measuring cups and spoons. Even minor variations in measurements can significantly impact the final outcome, so precision is key.

Next, let the butter soften at room temperature before mixing with other ingredients. Softened butter mixes more evenly with sugar and saves time compared to melting it in the microwave.

When making the cookie dough, creaming the softened butter and sugar together for at least two minutes helps incorporate air into the mixture, resulting in lighter and fluffier cookies.

Furthermore, chill the dough for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator before baking. Chilling helps prevent dough from becoming too soft during cooking through evaporating moisture from butter faster and creating a more caramelized appearance and texture.

To add flavor variations, try dipping cherry bombs into melted chocolate or shaved white chocolate before serving or changing up cherry filling with liqueurs like vodka or cointreau for a boozy twist on a classic recipe.

The recipe calls for maraschino cherries but don’t limit yourself- Oreos would work well if you remove the frosting first! Additionally, you can try dusting these Cherry Bomb Cookies with powdered sugar or brown sugar for extra sweetness.

Lastly, preheat your oven beforehand to ensure consistent heat throughout your baking time that bakes your cookies uniformly. Remember that every oven differs, so adjust baking time by checking cookies at different intervals until they reach a golden-brown color that signifies whether they’re baked through or not.

With these tips in mind, your Cherry Bomb Cookies are sure to be perfect every time. Enjoy this sweet treat with family and friends!


Now that we’ve gone through every section of the Cherry Bomb Cookies Recipe article, you might be wondering about some frequently asked questions (FAQ) that could arise as you embark on making these incredible cookies. Fret not, as I have compiled answers to the most common queries in this section. Keep reading to find out more.

How do you make a cherry bomb?

To whip up a refreshing cocktail, grab a mixing glass and combine some lime soda, rum, grenadine, and lime juice. Give it a stir until well-mixed. Next, grab four chilled glasses and pour the mixture evenly into each glass. To add a little pizzazz, garnish each glass with a slice of lime and a cherry. Enjoy sipping on this delicious concoction on a warm summer day or at your next gathering.

What kind of cookies did Trisha Yearwood make?

We’ll be making a timeless holiday cookie recipe that comes from a collection of homestyle recipes curated by singer Trisha Yearwood.

What does Cherry Bomb cookie like?

There’s a mischievous dessert that loves to cause chaos by covering herself in a vibrant red cherry syrup. She’s notorious for her destructive pranks, with a particular affinity for launching her Cherry Bombs that burst open like fireworks.

What does a cherry bomb taste like?

When it comes to the Cherry Bomb cocktail, the grenadine is the star player with its strong presence. This is, of course, reflected in its name. However, the cherry flavor isn’t the only one you’ll experience. You’ll also taste hints of chocolate that follow after the initial cherry flavor. While it’s not an exact match to a chocolate covered cherry, it’s close enough to awaken the taste buds.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I strongly recommend that you give this Cherry Bomb Cookies recipe a try. With the combination of sweet pink cherry and chocolate, these cookies are sure to be a hit with anyone who has a sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a new dessert to impress your friends or simply want to indulge in some scrumptious cookies on your own, this recipe is perfect.

Remember, you can always experiment with different variations and substitutions to fit your personal taste. You could try adding some vodka to the cream cheese mixture for a boozy cherry bomb cookie or covering them in white chocolate for an extra layer of sweetness. The possibilities are endless!

So preheat that oven and get baking. With the detailed instructions and tips provided in this article, you’re sure to create perfect Cherry Bomb Cookies every time. Don’t forget to share your creations with your loved ones and let us know how they turned out.

In the words of Trisha Yearwood, “make cherry bombs, not war.” Happy baking!

Cherry Bomb Cookies

Cherry Bomb Cookies Recipe

From Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 dozen cookies
Calories: 1081.5kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (16 ounce) jars maraschino cherries, with stems (about 65 cherries)
  • confectioner's sugar (for dipping)


  • Drain the cherries. Leave them in a strainer while you make the cookie dough.
  • Put flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir with a fork until thoroughly mixed. Cut in the softened butter with two forks, continuing to cut until the mixture looks like course corn meal (you can also do this in a food processor with the steel blade, using cold butter cut in 1/2 inch chunks).
  • Beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and combine them with the sugar.
  • Add the egg and sugar mixture to the rest of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Extract small bits of dough with your fingers and wrap them around each maraschino cherry, leaving the stem sticking out. Press the bottoms of the dough-wrapped cherries down slightly on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (cookies wil be white, if they start to brown, reduce the baking time). Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet. Then dip them in powdered sugar so that the entire cookie part is covered, but not the stem.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1815g | Calories: 1081.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 173.7g | Protein: 11.1g | Fat: 39.8g | Saturated Fat: 24.1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 640.1mg | Fiber: 7.8g | Sugar: 110.6g

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