Cherry Vanilla Cookies are moist, chewy, and full of creamy vanilla and tart cherry flavor. A delicious twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie!
Cherry Vanilla Cookies
These Cherry Vanilla Cookies are a scrumptious twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Creamy, smooth white chocolate chips complement tart cherry bits, all wrapped up in a buttery cookie dough that is so yummy! I hate to admit this, but I am a huge cookie snob! I won’t eat any store bought cookies or any cookie that even looks like it was overbaked in the slightest. I’m not proud of it, but hey – we all have our flaws. However, this snobbery has made me work hard on coming up with perfect, and I mean perfect cookie recipes. These cherry vanilla cookies are darn near perfection, and I can’t wait for you to try them!
Suggestions for Perfectly Baked Cookies
- Before mixing your dough, make sure that your butter is a room temperature. You should be able to make a slight dent in the butter with your finger. Believe me, the temperature of your butter really affects the way your cookies bake.
- One of the biggest secrets to soft and chewy cookies, especially these delightful vanilla cookies, is the baking time. I always bake my cookies for about nine to eleven minutes, just until the bottom of the cookie is ever so slightly golden.
- Then I take them out and let them cook on the cookie sheet on top of the stove for another two minutes or so.
- Once they’re cooled slightly, I put them on a wire rack to finish cooling to room temperature. (or I eat a few while they’re still warm and gooey!)
- Store fresh cookies in an air tight container on the counter for up to a week.
- You can freeze these cookies too! They keep in the freezer for weeks, and you can pull them out whenever you need a little treat (just let them thaw on the counter for a few minutes)
- You can also freeze the dough, tightly covered in plastic wrap. When you want to bake some fresh vanilla cookies, just unwrap the dough and let it thaw for a few minutes.
Substitutions/Additions for Cherry Vanilla Cookies
This is a basic cookie dough that can be changed up a million different ways.
- I love the nutty flavor of almond extract but you can leave it out if you choose.
- Or swap out the almond extract for other flavors: coconut, peppermint, just about anything!
- If you can’t find dried cherry bits you can chop up some craisins and add them to the dough. So good!
- Vanilla chips or white chocolate chips work well in this recipe. But if you like the combination of chocolate and cherry, just use semi-sweet chocolate chips and keep the cherry bits.
- Add chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds to the dough for extra texture and flavor.
More Favorite Cookie Recipes
Because I’m such a cookie snob, I make sure our recipes are soft, chewy and delicious! Try some of our favorite family cookie recipes:
- Turtle Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Monster Cookies
- Chewy Pecan Cookies
- Reese’s Pieces Cookies
- Coconut Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to Make Cherry Vanilla Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugars together in a large bowl or electric mixer.
- Add almond extract and eggs. Mix well.
- Gradually mix in flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in vanilla chips and dried cherries.
- Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until just starting to lightly brown on top.
- Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.