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Chocolate Chip-Cherry Chunk Cookies

My grandmas and mom created this recipe with chocolate chips, cherries and spices, a combo of their favorite parts of different cookies. Then dad made ice cream to turn them into ice cream sandwiches. We'd eat these sandwiches in the summer heat, each bite cooling us as the ice cream melted down our arms. —Wade Rouse, Fennville, Michigan. For more info on author Wade Rouse, please visit www.ViolaShipman.com
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, gradually adding sugars, until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in egg, vanilla and maple flavoring.
  • In another bowl, sift together flour, baking cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture just until moistened (do not overbeat). Stir in semisweet chocolate and white baking chips, dried cherries and coconut.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 92 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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