Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day Twelve: Cherry White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Today is the twelfth day of the PammiCakes 12 Days of Christmas Indulgences!  It went by so quickly for me, and I hope you all found it enjoyable.  There were some delicious treats that were shared, a guest blog post by my husband, and a milestone 100th post for the blog!  On the final day of the PammiCakes 12 Days of Christmas Indulgences, the recipe is for cherry white chocolate cookies. 

These cookies are chewy, sweet and tart.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved cherries.  Cherries are a super fruit and an antioxidant powerhouse.  So, I am not sure if I am decreasing the benefits of cherries by baking them in a buttery, sweet cookie, but at least we are eating our fruits.  Try this unique cookie flavor combination and let me know what you think!

Cherry White Chocolate Cookies Recipe
Recipe adapted from Very Best Baking
Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies
Preheat oven to 375o

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried cherries, chopped

Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Set aside.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.   This will take 2-3 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Next, gradually beat in flour mixture until all is well incorporated.  Now stir in white chocolate chips and chopped cherries.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookies from the trays and place on a cooling rack.  I find that doing this quickly upon taking the cookies out of the oven works best so the white chocolate chips don't stick to the tray. 

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