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With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share a jazzed up version of chocolate chip cookies. By adding maraschino cherries the cookies are more festive looking and they add a little extra flavor. These cookies are buttery soft and melt in your mouth good!

Maraschino Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice

2 1/4 cup flour (1 to 1 gluten free flour works great too)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries drained and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between then mix in cherry juice. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda and salt. Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients then fold in mini chocolate chips and chopped cherries. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator and scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon or by using a small scoop, onto the cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to sit on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes before transferring them to cool. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Optional:

10 oz. jar halved maraschino cherries – Place half on top of each cookie before baking and press down a little. Gives the cookie an even nicer presentation.

Add a couple of drops of red food coloring to make a pinkish color cookie. 

Once cookies are cooled make a chocolate drizzle by melting 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1-2 tbsp. of Crisco. When melted and smooth drizzle chocolate over cookies with a spoon and cool before storing them in an airtight container.

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