Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or almond extract
3 tablespoons maraschino cherry syrup
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
15 maraschino cherries, cut in half
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy.
Add sugars to butter until fully combined.
Add extract, eggs and maraschino cherry syrup. Mix until combined.
Add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Fold in chopped maraschino cherries and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Cover cookie dough and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough on baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cookies may look under-cooked, but you want to remove them right before they look fully cooked.
Remove from the oven and lightly press a cherry halve in the center of each.
Allow to cool.