Cherry Chocolate Cookies
These cookies are a-mazing! They never fail me. They always crowd please. And i don’t remember where this recipe hails from, so please forgive me for not giving credit 🙂 These are really from my vault and they’re really delish, especially dipped in milk. I must freeze them after my guests leave or else I find myself in the kitchen dunking which I haven’t done since I’m a kid. So enjoy!!!
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (softened…yikes!)
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp vanilla extract (use a good one)
2 large eggs (at room temperature, don’t ever use cold eggs right out of fridge for baking unless otherwise stated)
4 cups unsweetened chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped (I love nuts, but obv. optional)
1 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
In a medium to large bowl mix together flour , baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for this but you can use electric hand beater), beat the butter, sugars and vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until it is well blended, and then add eggs (one at a time). When this is well incorporated, add the flour mixture a little at a time until well blended. By hand, stir in the chocolate morsels and cherries and nuts.
Using a spoon or small ice cream scooper (try to make sure you make uniform mounds, this will help in the cooking process) place mounds about 3″ apart from each other. You will probably need at least 2 cookie sheets. You can do it one cookie sheet at a time, it will just be a slower process. Now place cookie sheet in the fridge for about an hour. (This is why you need 2 large cookie sheets. Sometimes I even use 3 or 4. ) After dough has been in fridge for the hour, bake the cookies in preheated oven for 35 – 40* minutes ’til golden brown . Keep an eye on the cookies to make sure they don’t burn. Remember baking requires patience. Cool cookies on baking sheet, then transfer to racks. If you don’t have racks just let them cool, then place on a plate.
* sometimes they only cook for 25 – 30 minutes depending on the size of mounds. So please start watching them after 25 minutes. Recipe says 35 – 40 minutes. However I know that they bake quicker, at least in my oven they did. So I’m just saying…watch carefully , set your timer for 25 minutes and start watching.