Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These wonderful cookies combines three of my favorites: dried sweet cherries, white chocolate, and chocolate chunks. These cookies are so pretty and festive for the holidays.  Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies_019 My Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a must have for any holiday celebration with family and friends! The red and white color add a great holiday feel, plus these cookies are such a nice change of pace!

There’s just something special about that one red and white cookie on any cookie platter. It’s that one cookie that always gets people talking, that one cookie that creates curiosity, and it’s that one cookie that’s just a little different.

The addition of the chocolate chunks will help bring a lot of people back into their comfort zone, plus give them a little treat. :)

These cookies are a must have for any cookie platter!

MM_023 So let’s talk about what goes into these cookies. You start with a pretty normal cookie dough, and go from there.

To make these cookies special I added dried cherries (Craisins with Cherry juice infused), and man are these things good!

MM_022 I also added some white chocolate chips, and of course, just the right amount of chocolate chunks.

There’s just something special about chocolate chunks, don’t you think? It’s tempting, but don’t use too many. Having just the right amount gives the cookie something special without being too much. :)

MM_005 Don’t forget to add the almond extract as called for. In case you don’t already know, almond and cherry go together very nicely.

The almond extract gives the cookie a nice little touch of something special, and that’s what people will notice. :)

You could add up to a teaspoon of almond extract if desired. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, and add 1/4 teaspoon at a time from there.

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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Ingredients:                         MM_022

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons white chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix (this will help keep the cookies soft)

1/2-3/4 cup Craisins, cherry flavored (I like to use 3/4 of a cup)

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two cookie sheets with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, or with a mixer, add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined. Stir in Craisins, white chocolate baking chips, and chocolate chunks. Mix until all three are evenly distributed through dough.

3. Using a cookie scoop, or by hand, scoop out about 1.5 tablespoons of dough. Shape into a ball. Slightly press down on baking sheet.

4. Bake cookies 9-11 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool for about 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 24 regular size cookies 

Megamommy ѽ

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