Cherry Vanilla Cookies

5 from 8 votes

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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 on a blue plate.

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.

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:

How to Make Cherry Vanilla Cookies

Cherry Vanilla Cookies on a blue plate.

Cherry Vanilla Cookies

5 from 8 votes
Cherry Vanilla Cookies are moist, chewy, and full of creamy vanilla and tart cherry flavor. A delicious twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 20



  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 286mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 528IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were amazing!! We cut the amount of white chocolate chips down to about 1 cup (so about half what this calls for) and for us that was perfect. Also if anyone is wondering, this recipe works great gluten free as well by just swapping the flour for 1:1 GF flour. Nothing else was changed and the texture ended up perfect!

  2. In wanting to make these,I will make a double batch,then Roll,wrap in Saran and freeze,but a double batch would call for two cups of butter,that’s a lot of butter,can I cut back on a stick or two?

    1. We’ve only tried it with this amount of butter, so I can’t say for sure. Maybe try to substitute it with some coconut oil?

    1. Cookies that don’t flatten usually mean that your baking powder or baking soda is expired, or your oven wasn’t hot enough. I usually check my oven with an oven thermometer just to make sure! It could also have been that your butter was too cold. Did you soften it?

    1. 5 stars
      I did not have the almond extract nor did I have white chocolate chips and still the best cookies I have ever had and the family agrees.
      Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried maraschino cherries in cookies before, so I’m not sure! Let me know how it turns out if you do try it!

  3. I just made these cookies, they are fantastic! My question, when mixing everything, I had a hard stirring the dough, does this sound right?

    1. Yes, it is a pretty thick dough. I use a stand mixer which makes it easier. I’m glad you like them!

  4. i love your recipes but am never able to print anything..i get a message saying aboutblank..can you help?????