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Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

Teresa Ambra

I love cherries, and these scrumptious Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies are terrific. I start with my favorite Mrs. Field’s copycat chocolate chip cookie dough. Instead of regular chocolate chips I substitute REAL white chocolate chips, add candied cherries and slivered almonds. Yes, they are absolutely wonderful.

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Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies are beautiful, elegant and festive enough for any holiday or Christmas tradition. I made them for our annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year and they were quite popular. I love using candied cherries in recipes during the Christmas holidays. I always have to find at least one recipe to bake that includes them. These cookies with their delicate almond flavoring and crunch were just about perfect.

For the ultimate flavor, make sure you pick up a package of real white chocolate chips, NOT vanilla chips or premiere white baking chips. Those chips have no cocoa in them and they are NOT white chocolate chips. My preference is slivered almonds but sliced almonds will also work. I have to admit, I love cherries–especially in cookies and cakes.

I have favorite cherry cookie recipes with coconut & pecans, one with coconut and white chocolate, one with just white chocolate, one buried in a snowball, one with fresh cherries, one Black Forest style, another as a bar with sliced almonds, and one like truffles. Yes, hand me something with cherries and I gobble it up in no time. If you’re a cherry lover, you’ll love these cookies. If you have an important party coming up during the holiday season or want a delicious cookie to have around the house on Christmas afternoon, these cookies will do it. But don’t plan on having any leftovers. These cookies are so delicious you will find everyone downing two or three at a time. They will disappear almost immediately…. 🙂

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies are awesome!

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Every bite will have you salivating like Pavlov’s dogs!

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

These festive cookies are marvelous for holiday parties and Christmas Cookie Exchanges.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies make an elegant Christmas dessert.

Here’s what I did.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

I used these ingredients.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Soften butter. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add slivered almonds, white chocolate chips (not vanilla chips) and diced candied cherries.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Stir ingredients thoroughly with a wooden spoon to combine.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Bake at 350 about 15 minutes or until done. (I was baking four cookie sheets at a time with 24 cookies per cookie sheet. My cookies took 20-24 minutes. I rotated the pans every eight minutes).

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Don’t expect to take a tray to your office and come home with any leftovers!

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

These cookies rock! Everyone will want one. 🙂

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Every bite is filled with cherries, white chocolate chips and almonds. Ummmmm, so delicious.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

These make wonderful treats for Christmas day, Valentine’s day and New Year’s day.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY ALMOND WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

(My own concoction)

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

These festive and beautiful cookies are terrific for holiday baking, Christmas Cookie Exchanges or holiday parties. They're filled with candied cherries, white chocolate chips and almonds for spectacular flavor and crunchiness.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60
Calories 127 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract (no imitation vanilla flavoring)
  • 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups diced candied cherries
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips not vanilla chips or premiere white baking chips
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Chop cherries.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in flour, chopped cherries, white chocolate chips and almonds with a wooden spoon to thoroughly combine.
  • Shape dough with hands into golf ball-sized dough balls and place a couple inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  • Rotate cookies on racks every six to eight minutes while baking.

Notes

NOTE: There are times when I’m making a double batch of this recipe where I have to add an additional quarter to half cup of flour in order to be able to roll the dough into balls. If the dough gets too sticky. Add a little flour to the batter.
NOTE: Use real white chocolate chips, not vanilla chips or premiere white baking chips. Those chips don’t have any cocoa in them and are not white chocolate chips.
NOTE: I was baking 4 racks at a time with 24 cookies per cookie sheet. My cookies took longer to bake – about 20-24 minutes. I rotated the racks every eight minutes.
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Nutrition

Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 100IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword almonds, cherries, cherry dessert, chocolate, cookie, dessert, white chocolate chips
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Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies are a cherry lover’s delight!

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

These cookies are sure to cure any sweet tooth craving you have!

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

I loved the way these cookies turned out.

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies should be on the top of your Christmas baking list!

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Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these terrific #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They're festive & beautiful along with being so scrumptious. #cherries #almonds #chocolate #dessert

Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

These festive and beautiful cookies are terrific for holiday baking, Christmas Cookie Exchanges or holiday parties. They're filled with candied cherries, white chocolate chips and almonds for spectacular flavor and crunchiness.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60
Calories 127 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract (no imitation vanilla flavoring)
  • 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups diced candied cherries
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips not vanilla chips or premiere white baking chips
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Chop cherries.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in flour, chopped cherries, white chocolate chips and almonds with a wooden spoon to thoroughly combine.
  • Shape dough with hands into golf ball-sized dough balls and place a couple inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  • Rotate cookies on racks every six to eight minutes while baking.

Notes

NOTE: There are times when I’m making a double batch of this recipe where I have to add an additional quarter to half cup of flour in order to be able to roll the dough into balls. If the dough gets too sticky. Add a little flour to the batter.
NOTE: Use real white chocolate chips, not vanilla chips or premiere white baking chips. Those chips don’t have any cocoa in them and are not white chocolate chips.
NOTE: I was baking 4 racks at a time with 24 cookies per cookie sheet. My cookies took longer to bake – about 20-24 minutes. I rotated the racks every eight minutes.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 100IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword almonds, cherries, cherry dessert, chocolate, cookie, dessert, white chocolate chips
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