It is cherry season and I can’t get enough. These cookies use dried cherries and good dark chocolate and are the perfect compliment to a summer picnic or barbecue. I took them to our Memorial Day cookout and they about disappeared before the burgers came off the grill.
Dark chocolate and dried cherries, that’s healthy, right?
I use about a tablespoon and a half per cookie ’cause bigger is better when chocolate is involved.
I’s so proud that I actually had the patience to let them cool before I took a bite. It’s worth it for the perfect chewy texture.
Cherry Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz dark chocolate chips
8 oz dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets.
Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Continue beating at medium speed, adding almond extract and eggs one at a time.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture and beat at low speed until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips and cherries.
Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake each batch for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool to set.