I created these after a trip up north to Traverse City, Michigan's Cherry Festival. Wonderful with their dried cherries! A big hit wherever I take them!

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

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  • Beat the unsalted butter, butter flavored shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time; beat in the vanilla extract and almond extract with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the cherries, walnuts, pecans, and chocolate chunks, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned around the edges, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes; remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

162.3 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 18.8g 6% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 14.7mg 5% DV; sodium 63.9mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2011
What a wonderful apparently neglected cookie recipe with only five reviews the last nearly a year ago! This is really an appropriate cookie with fall around the corner. It s substantial and hearty packed with flavor and abundant with nuts cherries and chocolate. I added nothing the recipe didn t call for. I left out nothing the recipe was meant to include and that was a good call. The recipe is perfect as written WITH the cherries WITH the nuts (if you tolerate them) both pecans and walnuts and WITH the almond extract which enhances the cherry flavor. Other than using the chocolate chips I had on hand rather than chocolate chunks I didn t and wouldn t change a thing. However watch your baking time carefully! I set my timer for the minimum of 11 minutes suggested and while the cookies didn t necessarily suffer for it they still were a little browner than I would have liked. A minute or two less would have been just right. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2014
Followed the recipe as written except for using a different brand of high-grade chocolate. The cookies looked very beautiful but my family just didn't enjoy them. Perhaps my group prefers a more basic cookie!;) These are worth a try but I recommend making half a batch the first time. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2011
What a wonderful apparently neglected cookie recipe with only five reviews the last nearly a year ago! This is really an appropriate cookie with fall around the corner. It s substantial and hearty packed with flavor and abundant with nuts cherries and chocolate. I added nothing the recipe didn t call for. I left out nothing the recipe was meant to include and that was a good call. The recipe is perfect as written WITH the cherries WITH the nuts (if you tolerate them) both pecans and walnuts and WITH the almond extract which enhances the cherry flavor. Other than using the chocolate chips I had on hand rather than chocolate chunks I didn t and wouldn t change a thing. However watch your baking time carefully! I set my timer for the minimum of 11 minutes suggested and while the cookies didn t necessarily suffer for it they still were a little browner than I would have liked. A minute or two less would have been just right. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
Excellent! I used butter because it gave a richer flavour and because I didn't have cherries I substituted dried cranberries which gave these cookies an amazing ZING!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
The combination of cherries and chocolate is classic and superb in these cookies! I had just returned from a trip to San Francisco and had some dark chocolate from Ghirardelli that I chopped and put in these cookies. I even added a bit of their vanilla bean white chocolate. Delicious! I had some dried cherries in the freezer so I put them in a bowl with a splash of water gave it a stir and microwaved until they were thawed. I baked a tray without nuts and two with. They were gobbled right up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2014
I use this recipe as my base for a variety of cookies. the only substitution I make in the base recipe is coconut oil instead of shortening. The other changes I make are I use dark chocolate chips with cherries and almonds semi sweet chips with blue berries and walnuts and then coconut with milk chocolate chips and pecans. My husband says he never feels guilty eating any of them because of all the antioxidents! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2009
I loved these cookies the cherries add such a nice contrast to the chocolate chunks. I typically leave out nuts from cookie recipes but I added them here and they were wonderful. I baked mine about a minute less to keep them soft and I substituted white whole wheat flour for half the flout listed. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2012
There are so many things to love about this cookie. First the combination of the tart cherries with the chocolate is out of this world. I only used pecans and the added flavor and crunch was perfect. Lastly the addition of the almond flavoring sent this cookie over the top. Since I don't always have dried cherries in the house I will be tempted to try this with dried cranberries which I suspect will be equally delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
I would just like to say how absolutely wonderful these cookies are. Every one single person who has had some and ive made them a lot loves them. I do substitute dried cranberries for the cherries and I dont add the almond extract or the walnuts. I have never added cocoa only because they are so good the way they are i would hate to do something different and have them come out bad..lol...thanks for such a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2010
I did make them and added a bit of cocoa myself and they are DElish!!! I didn't put the chocolate kisses on top either but rather added a handful of mini chocolate chips. The cherries MAKE this cookie very different but we LOVED it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2012
This my favorite cookie recipe. I feel the combination of the butter and the shortening gives the cookie a great thickness. I have omitted the nuts because the people in my family does not like nuts in their cookies. But i have used the tart cherries along with a variety of other dried fruits such as dried cranberries. the tart cherry is my favorite thought. You have a recommendation of the SaCo chocolate chunk and i want to say thank you because i believe that is a very delicious chocolate chunk compared to its competitors. Great cookie recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2014
Followed the recipe as written except for using a different brand of high-grade chocolate. The cookies looked very beautiful but my family just didn't enjoy them. Perhaps my group prefers a more basic cookie!;) These are worth a try but I recommend making half a batch the first time. Read More
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