Black Cherry Cup Cookies are an update on the traditional cherry pie cookie using a homemade filling and a touch of cinnamon and brandy. Add these gourmet cookies to your Christmas cookie tradition.
This post was first published December 2013 and updated December 2019 for photos and content.
Every December when I make Christmas cookies, these are the first ones I make. My recipe is adapted from a really old family recipe, and I have just always had such affection for it.
The original recipe uses canned cherry pie filling, which was always great to me. But then I started making my own filling. Using black cherries makes them look crazy elegant, such a gourmet cookie. And my filling is light-years tastier.
What are the ingredients for the Black Cherry Pie Filling?
- Black cherries, obviously. Fresh or frozen is fine.
- Little lemon juice to cut the sweetness.
- Sugar. Duh.
- Cornstarch to thicken.
- Brandy for flavor.
- Cinnamon for more flavor.
Standard stuff, all easy to get and throw together in a saucepan for a quick cookie filling.
What are the steps for making Black Cherry Cup Cookies?
- Combine the 3 ingredients for the dough.
- Use the dough to line mini muffin tin cups.
- Make the Black Cherry Pie filling (this takes just a couple minutes).
- Fill the cups with the filling and bake.
More tips for making these gourmet cookies:
- Using a mini tamper like I did (see photo) makes forming the little pie shells SO FAST. Just keep dipping in flour between dough cups and go. Tampers are cheap, you can find them on Amazon. I am not a big kitchen gadget person, but I really recommend getting one.
- ^^^That said, my daughter’s grandma that first graced us with cherry cup cookies never used a tamper. So you can use your fingers easily too, no worries.
- For getting the cooked cookies out of the tins, it helps to have the crust come up a bit over the edge rather than be flush or down in there. Then use a butter knife to get in on the side just a bit and GENTLY lift a bit so you can get the cookie out.
- Babysit the black cherry pie filling while cooking. I have gotten distracted and burned whole batches. It comes together super quick and will then scorch if you don’t watch it.
- Is the mini dough tamper required? Nope. As I said above, you can use your fingers. That is the way our family did it for years long before we had a tamper.
- Can these cookies be frozen? Yes! In fact, we usually do because at room temperature they will only last 4-5 days.
- What is the best way to store these cookies? I recommend storing in single layer in ziploc bags. Especially if you are going to freeze them, because this allows you to layer them and then get just one bag out when you want some without disrupting them all.
- Can this recipe be doubled? Tripled? Yes, and I highly recommend doing so. This is precisely the kind of cookie where you will want to keep/freeze some at home, but then also bring to friends and coworkers to share.
HERE ARE MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPE IDEAS:
- Christmas Soup – This slow cooker, creamy tomato basil soup is a family tradition.
- Christmas Croissant Breakfast Casserole – Make a day ahead, then bake in the morning.
- Christmas Cranberry Meatballs – These TASTY meatballs are party ready when you are.
- Potato Chip Cookies – Another family heirloom recipe that is ALWAYS a huge hit.
- Scallion Olive Party Dip Cheese Wreath – Wow them all with this perfect cracker spread made into an impressive cheese wreath.
Be sure to also check out my most popular cookie recipe, Potato Chip Cookies.
Black Cherry Cup Cookies
For the Cream Cheese Cookie Crust
- 8 oz plain cream cheese softened
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
For the Cream Cheese Cookie Crust
- For the crust, combine the butter and cream cheese. Stir in the flour.
- Shape dough into 1-in balls. Using a muffin tin for miniature muffins, use each ball to line the cups and form the mini pie crusts. This can be done with a wooden tamper or your fingers.
For the Black Cherry Filling
- In a medium saucepan, combine the ingredients for the filling (all listed except the powdered sugar). Simmer very gently ~5 minutes until gelled, stirring often to prevent it burning on the bottom.
For the Cherry Cookies
- Fill each crust dough-lined cup with ~2 cherries and some sauce (see Notes).
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until crusts are lightly browned.
- Once cooled a bit remove cookies to a wire rack to cool. Once fully cool, dust with powder sugar.
Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.