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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip CookiesA very easy and versatile cookie recipe flavored with dried fruits, nuts and chocolate chips.  Aside from cherries, other dried fruits such as raisins, currants, cranberries or apricots, can also be used to make these delectable treats. Any nuts of your choice, such as pecans, almonds, cashews or hazelnuts, can also be used instead of walnuts. Chocolate chips can be substituted with white chocolate chips, toffee bits or peanut butter chips. Here is an easy cookie recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ingredients:
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (pecans, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts or any other nuts of your choice)
1/2 cup dried cherrie, coarsely chopped (raisins, currants, cranberries apricots or any other dried fruit of your choice can be used as an alternative)

Procedures:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a larger mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips, nuts and dried cherries.

Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough into prepared cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are golden around edges and just set in center. Place cookie sheet on a wire rack and let stand 5 minutes before removing cookies to cool completely on the rack.

Store leftover Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies in an air-tight container.

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