Chocolate Rudolph Cookies

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all?

It is the second day of the #12DaysOfChristmas series and do I ever have the perfect holiday cookie for you! These chocolate and cherry cookies are named after Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the true star and hero of Christmas.

Chocolate Rudolph Cookies

A Cheery Chocolate & Cherry Combination

In my household, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without these Chocolate Rudolph Cookies. My mom got this recipe from a Christmas Cookie magazine in the 90’s and she has been making them ever since. These fudgy chocolate cookies have a chewy, brownie-like base and are adorned with bright Maraschino cherries (to look like Rudolph’s nose). The richness of the cocoa combined with the sweetness of the Maraschino cherry is an unexpected flavor combination for the holiday season, but it works so well!

Whether you make them for your friends and family, or leave them out for Santa, these cookies are sure to go down in history! 😉

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Chocolate Rudolph Cookies

Christmas just isn't Christmas without these Chocolate Rudolph Cookies. My mom got this recipe out of an old Christmas Cookie magazine in the 90's and she has been making them for my sister and I ever since. These cookies have a chewy, brownie-like base and are adorned with  bright and glossy Maraschino cherries (looks a lot like Rudolph's nose, don't you think?).  Make these just once and they will become a holiday tradition in your household too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar Maraschino cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a mixer, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl until incorporated. Add the milk, egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out the dough and roll into balls the size of a golf ball. Place the dough ball onto a parchment lined baking tray and repeat for the remaining dough. Ensure that the dough balls are placed at least 5 centimeters apart as they do spread and rise while baking.
  • Using your thumb, press into the center of the dough balls, creating a thumbprint. Drain the cherries and place one cherry in the center of each thumb print.
  • Bake for 12 minutes in the oven. Once baked, remove the cookies from the pan and let them cool completely on a cooling rack. These cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 4 days or can be frozen after they are baked.
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Chocolate Rudolph Cookies

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