Rich's grandmother always made Christmas cookies and he was really wanting some this year. I couldn't find the recipe for them that I had been given. :-( So, I had to play and come up with something close...here it is. He really liked these, so I thought I would share. Enjoy!
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp apple cider
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup diced maraschino cherries
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
1/4 cup sugar, for dusting
- Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
- Add the egg, extract, and apple cider. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on high for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is light and fluffy.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the flour to the butter/sugar and mix on low until just combined.
- Fold in the cherries, chopped walnuts and chocolate.
- Drop 1 heaping tbsp of dough onto the cookie sheet, 1-2 inches apart. Do not place more than 12 on a sheet, the cookies spread and need room!
- Dust each mound of dough with sugar.
- Bake 14-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Do not overbake!
- Remove and let cook on sheet for about 1 minute. Remove to a wire rack to cool complete.