Cherry Garcia Cookies. They are my holiday cookie swap cookies three years in a row. Not much to look at, but they are absolutely delicious, especially if you like the cherries and chocolate combination.
Cherry Garcia Cookies
Cream 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) with 1/4 cup white sugar. Add 1 beaten egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp almond extract and mix well. Add 1 cup flour whisked with 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix to combine. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup chopped dried cherries. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, bake on top rack of oven at 355F for 10 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on pan, transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 25 cookies. It's worth it to make a double batch.
Cook's note: use mini chocolate chips, and I like Mariani Dried Cherries the best for this recipe.
from Debbie Salomon, Burlington Free Press, Winter 2008