The inspiration for these cookies came to me while I was snacking on some chocolate covered cherries. As I was enjoying the combination of tart, chewy cherries and rich dark chocolate, I suddenly thought: This could only taste more delicious in cookie form. Plus, what better way to kick off the start of February than with an indulgent chocolatey treat?
As my Grandma has taught me through her years of expertise in the kitchen, the best recipe for something is often found on the package of one of its key ingredients. For example, we always follow the pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby’s canned pumpkin wrapper for Thanksgiving, and the secret recipe to Grandma’s famous Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies comes straight from the Quaker Oats canister (with a few of Grandma’s special touches, of course). She always reminds me that there’s no point in trying to change what the experts have already perfected.
These cookies are no exception to Grandma’s wisdom. Since I happened to have Trader Joe’s chocolate chips on hand, I simply used their recipe as the foundation and added my own twist with the dried cherries. Once the cookies are baked, the cherries hide amongst the chocolate chips and surprise you with a sudden burst of fruity goodness.
I hope this recipe inspires you to treat your friends and family with some delicious homemade cookies. Why wait for Valentine’s Day to show them a little love?
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 – 1 cup dried cherries, cut in half
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in half batches and mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and cherries and mix well using a wooden spoon (the dough is too thick to use the electric mixer for this step). Scoop dough onto cookie sheets using two tablespoons, making them as large or as small as you’d like. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before storing, but be sure to enjoy one fresh out of the oven!