These cherry chocolate chip cookies are the perfect blend of tart and sweet. Cherries and chocolate go so well together, and when combined in a cookie they are irresistible! Especially when incorporated with the buttery flavor of a crisp cookie. We enjoyed partnering with Montmorency U.S. Tart Cherries to create this recipe to highlight a delicious way to enjoy U.S.A. produced dried cherries. And we hope you enjoy it too!
What Kind Of Cherries To Use?
For a cherry chocolate chip cookie recipe, dried cherries are best. They’ll add a tangy real fruit flavor as well as a chewy texture to your cookies that pairs well with chocolate chips. And Montmorency tart cherries have an intense cherry flavor with a unique tanginess that makes them perfect for baking. Not only do they have a distinctive cherry flavor, but Montmorency cherries also pack a nutritional punch. Check choosecherries.com for the full nutrition story.
Also, did you know Traverse City, Michigan, is the “Cherry Capitol of The World?” It’s true! And shopping for U.S.A. produced dried cherries supports small farms and growers, which gives us all the warm and fuzzy feels. Just like these cookies. In order to see where dried cherries are from, just take a peek at the back of the package and look for Traverse City or U.S. Grown.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Step-by-Step Photos
Begin the recipe by gathering together and measuring out all the ingredients. This will help keep you organized and save some time. Also, the butter will need to be softened, so remove two sticks of butter from your refrigerator at least a half hour before you begin to bake. If you forget, just place the butter on a microwave safe plate and heat in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it is softened.
Here’s a complete list of what you’ll need to gather from your pantry or purchase at your local grocer. The complete list of measurements is included in the recipe printable at the bottom of the post.
- granulated (regular) sugar
- dark brown sugar
- baking soda
- hot water
- semi sweet chocolate chips
- dried Montmorency tart cherries
Begin by mixing the butter and both types of sugar in a large bowl with either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat on high speed until it is creamy and smooth. You might still be able to see small grains of sugar, but the overall texture will be similar to a soft cake frosting.
Next, mix in the eggs one at a time. I find it helpful to crack open the eggs into a small bowl, and then pour the egg from the small bowl into the larger mixing bowl with the rest of your ingredients. This also makes it easier to remove any wayward pieces of eggshell before mixing the egg into the bigger bowl dough.
Stir the baking soda and salt in two teaspoons of hot water. This will help it combine more evenly with the cookie dough. It’s okay if the baking soda isn’t one hundred percent dissolved, it will still blend better than adding it to the flour while it’s dry.
Next, mix in one cup of flour at a time until well blended. Then, fold in the dried Montmorency cherries and the chocolate chips.
Scoop the cherry chocolate chip cookie dough using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon.
Place 12 cookie dough scoops onto a parchment lined baking about two inches apart and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes depending on your oven. I found with my oven that 11 minutes was the perfect time for a golden cookie that wasn’t too crisp.
Let the cherry chocolate chip cookies cool for 10 minutes, and then enjoy! Full recipe and printable is included below. And if you enjoyed this recipe or want to save it to bake later, be sure to pin it to your Pinterest boards.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups dried Michigan tart cherries
- Beat together butter and both types of sugar in a large bowl with a stand or hand mixer until it is creamy.
- Blend in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla.
- Add baking soda and salt to hot water and stir until dissolved. Add baking soda to batter and blend well.
- Next, mix in one cup of flour at a time until well blended. Then, fold in the dried Montmorency cherries and the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the cherry chocolate chip cookie dough using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon.
- Place 12 cookie dough scoops onto a parchment lined baking about two inches apart and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
- Let the cherry chocolate chip cookies cool for 10 minutes, and then enjoy!
- Makes 4 dozen cherry chocolate chip cookies.
Want to add nuts for more texture or a festive holiday feel? Simply reduce the amount of dried cherries and chocolate chips by a half cup each. Then add one cup of nuts. We recommend using either pecans, pistachios, or sliced almonds to pair with the dried cherries.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information provided is only an estimate.
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