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finished cherry cup cookies on a cooling rack over a marble board

Black Cherry Cup Cookies

Erica
Black Cherry Cup Cookies are an update on the traditional cherry pie cookie using a homemade filling and a touch of cinnamon and brandy.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine American, Christmas
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Cream Cheese Cookie Crust

  • 8 oz plain cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Black Cherry Filling

  • 5 cups pitted black cherries thawed, if frozen
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp brandy
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions
 

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.

Notes

Take care to not overfill the cookies with the filling prior to baking. The filling will bubble up while baking and spill over, so aim for no more than 3/4s full. Whether this is 1, 2, or 3 cherries will depend on the size of your cherries. I have made these cookies using 1 cherry plus sauce because they were larger.
To store: put cookies in a single layer in a large ziploc bag. Store at room temperature for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Calorie estimation is approximate and per 1 cookie.
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