Cherry Garcia Cookies

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Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • * 1 cup granulated sugar
  • * 3 sticks 1 1/2 cups butter, softened at room temperature
  • * 1 egg
  • * 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • * 3 cups flour
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1 12 oz. bag Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • * 1 10 oz. jar Maraschino cherries (drained and chopped into pieces)

Instructions

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, butter, egg, and almond extract. With an electric mixer, cream until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until well distributed.
  • Gently fold in the chopped cherries.
  • Chill cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough into 2 inch balls (the cookies will not expand much in the oven) and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes or until light brown.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.