Chocolate Cherry Chews With Cherry Chip Frosting – The 10 Days of Vintage Christmas Cookies

Posted on Dec 15 2012 - 3:43pm by RetroRuth

Yum! Today we have a fun bar cookie that is a cross between a brownie and a piece of fudge. Add to that the fact that it is stuffed with candied cherries and topped with Cherry Chip Frosting, and you just might have the richest cookie we tested!


This recipe is from Our Best Cooky Recipes, which was put out by Swift & Company, who made Swift’ning Shortening and Swift’s OZ Peanut Butter. This book was published in 1952, and really has some interesting and different cookies in it that I am dying to try. This bar won out in the end over the others because I love chocolate and cherry plus you can’t get any easier than a bar cookie, but a close second to this one was “Man-Sized Double Chocolate Cookies”, which I am still totally making after Christmas.

Chocolate Cherry Chews With Cherry Chip Frosting
A rich, chewy cooky.
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ stick butter or margarine
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 3½ squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups chopped candied cherries
  • For Frosting"
  • 4 T softened butter
  • 4 T milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½-3/4 cup chopped candied cherries, plus a little cherry juice
  • ½ cup mini or chopped chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • A few drops pink food coloring, if desired
  1. Melt shortening, butter and chocolate in double boiler. Cool slightly.
  2. Beat sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla until mixture is light. Add melted chocolate mixture,
  3. Add flour and mix until smooth. Fold in coconut and cherries.
  4. Pour in a well-greased or lined 13x9 pan or two 8x8 pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Cool and then frost. Place in fridge overnight if possible. *Option: if you do not want to frost, you may cut bars and roll in granulated sugar.
  6. For Frosting:
  7. Mix butter and powdered sugar until butter is incorporated. Add milk, cherry juice, almond extract and food coloring. Beat until smooth and light. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips.



I could barely get a picture of a Cherry Chew in Tom’s hand. As soon as I gave a piece to him he popped it in his mouth.



The Verdict: Awesome!

From The Tasting Notes:

Almost like fudge in flavor and consistency. Very rich and delicious! Easy to make and they stay moist. The Cherry Chip Frosting is a good match.

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  1. Amber Lee December 31, 2012 at 12:47 am - Reply

    These sound delish! At which point do you add the melted chocolate and butter mixture to the main mix though? I didn’t see it indicated. Thanks! ♥

    • RetroRuth January 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Oops! Add that right after mixing in the eggs. I have updated the recipe. Thanks for catching that! 🙂

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