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Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies are thick, chewy, and loaded with fat chunks of semi-sweet chocolate. A hint of almond extract is added to the cookie dough to enhance the flavor of the dried cherries and toasted almond slivers.

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I am currently sitting on a pile of Valentine’s Day recipes. I’m still trying to figure out how and why I produced so many Valentine’s Day inspired recipes since I don’t even celebrate the holiday. It’s not that I don’t like Valentine’s Day, because I do.

Okay, that last bit isn’t entirely true.

The truth is, I’m not its biggest supporter. Not only am I the least romantic person ever, but Squirrel’s birthday also happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, so I choose to celebrate him instead.

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Since so many of you are fans of hand holding, making out in the corner of crowded restaurants, and all things red and pink, you’ll be happy to hear that I made you cookies with a Valentine’s Day-ish spin.

For these Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies, I started with my favorite chocolate chip cookie base and loaded it with tart dried cherries, toasted Diamond of California Slivered Almonds, and big, fat hunks of semi-sweet chocolate.

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

What I love so much about these cookies is the hint of almond extract that gets added to the dough to bring out the flavor of the toasted almonds and dried cherries. It’s not overpowering, but you can definitely taste the sweet almond flavor in every bite of cookie. And, let me tell you, is it tasty!

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These thick, chewy, gooey-in-the-center cookies quickly became a family favorite.

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These thick, gooey cookies are loaded with tart dried cherries, toasted almonds, and fat chunks of semi-sweet chocolate.

Yield: 10-12 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room-temperature 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup toasted Diamond Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or large bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients in three batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between each addition, until just combined. Fold in the dried cherries, almonds, and chocolate chunks. 
  5. Measure out 2-tablespoon size balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet 3-inches apart. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are a light golden brown, turning the pan halfway through for even browning. The center of each cookie will remain soft. 
  6. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

 

 

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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Diamond of California. All opinions are 100% my own.

9 Responses to “Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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    Mariana — February 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Jennie, they sound like a perfect treat for Valentine’s!

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    sue|theviewfromgreatisland — February 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Oh man, you just made my all time favorite cookie — let’s just say I won’t have any need for that airtight container ;)

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    Carolyn — February 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Oh there really isn’t a bad thing about these cookies at all!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love the cherry almond combination! These look perfectly thick and chewy!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — February 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    These look amazing! Love the dried cherries and the sliced almonds :) So yum- pinning!

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    Cathy Trochelman — February 9, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I like Valentine’s Day…..but these cookies are perfect all year round! So much better!!

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    Cookin Canuck — February 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I love everything with tart cherries and almonds.  These cookies are right up my alley!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 12, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    These are seriously some of the BEST looking cookies I’ve seen in a long time. Perfection!

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