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Christmas dessert recipe — Cherry chocolate chip cookies

By: 22 December 2010 2 Comments

At first glance, this recipe might look a little unusual.

Think about it — how many cherry chocolate cookies have you eaten or even seen? They’re not very common and a recipe to make them, as I said, might seem a bit odd at first.

But think about it. Chocolate and cherry is a great combination that’s blended often. You’ve got chocolate covered cherries, cherry flavoring is a common ingredient in filled chocolate candies and, well, there are a lot of examples. That being the case, why not make a batch of cookies that blends those two flavors together? It’s a classic combination and one that your guests this Christmas season are sure to enjoy.

Cherry chocolate chip cookies

1 cup maraschino cherries
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. Drain maraschino cherries and chop coarsely. Place on a paper towel to soak up excess liquid.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, shortening until creamy. Beat in extracts and egg. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into creamed mixture. Stir in chips and cherries. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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  • Doris said:

    Really enjoyed these Christmas recipes. Thanks for posting them! Hope you all have a great 2012!

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