White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Sea Salt

Some people don’t like white chocolate. Some people don’t like cherries. Some people don’t like salt on their desserts.

But I happen to love all three.

I also happen to love soft and chewy cookies.

And non-fussy recipes where I don’t need a mixer (this is a one-bowl recipe).

So these cookies were born.

Soft and chewy, with mild caramel tones from brown sugar, a little punch of tartness from dried cherries, milky sweetness from white chocolate, and a pop of saltiness.

These are some of the best cookies I’ve ever baked (and I’ve baked PLENTY). And they are very easy to make.

If you’re already thinking of what cookies to bake for the holidays, these would be perfect for your holiday platter, and a nice change from the more traditional white chocolate cranberry cookies that are more prevalent this time of year.

They would also be perfect to share with friends who don’t like their super sweet desserts. While these cookies have white chocolate, brown sugar, and even a little bit of white sugar, the sweetness is subtle and more vanilla, and is offset by the tart cherries and the flaky sea salt.

I thought about adding rice crispies to these cookies, or walnuts, or soaking the cherries first in booze – but decided to go the simpler route and let the three main ingredients shine.

I didn’t go wrong, because these cookies were incredible. One Bowl Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Sea Salt. Love-worthy.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Sea Salt

Ingredients

3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks)
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 medium eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and sugars. Mash out any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon then whisk together using a fork or a wire whisk until well-blended and creamy.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda, and mix until smooth. Stir in the flour until evenly incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in dried cherries and white chocolate chips.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough in the refrigerator for at least two hours, up to two days.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Using a standard cookie scoop (or a heaping 1 tablespoon of dough), portion out dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle coarse sea salt on each cookie before baking. Bake in the middle rack one sheet at a time, for 10-12 minutes, or until beginning to lightly brown.
  6. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. You can also sprinkle additional sea salt.

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie?

   

17 Responses to “White Chocolate Cherry Cookies with Sea Salt”

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    christina posted October 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    wow, this combo!! like nothing i’ve ever had. i don’t think i’ve even had white choc with sea salt. nice job woman!

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      Bianca Garcia posted October 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Thank you! I’m already looking forward to making another batch of these cookies hehe

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    Alaina posted October 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Can you bring some of those tonight? ;-)

    My favorite holiday cookie right now is a dark chocolate, pistachio and cherry cookie. They’ve been a hit at every holiday party I attend!

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      Bianca Garcia posted October 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Haha they’re all long gone. Dark chocolate, pistachio, and cherry sound incredible, too! I will try that combo soon :)

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    Sues posted October 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I always enjoy dried cherries in cookies and I LOVE the sea salt on top!

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    Michelle Lahey posted October 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I adore sea salt on everything, but especially desserts! These cookies look great. My aunt used to make giant [green and red] M&M and chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. They were my favorite!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted October 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Making cookies with your favorite ingredients sounds like a good thing to do ;) These sound delicious! Love the salt on top!!

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    Happy Valley Chow posted October 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Those cookies look spectacular, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    the Squishy Monster posted October 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    You had me hooked at one bowl cookies! I too enjoy all the components that this cookie has to offer =)

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    Marcie posted October 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds divine Bianx! Reminded me of the yummy cookies you gave away for Christmas last year! Hope you can make some when you come in December! :)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted October 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I haven’t baked holiday cookies in forever (shame on me, I know), but I used to make white chocolate dipped gingerbread cookies as a kid. This reminds me of how much I love white chocolate in cookies!

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted October 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    these photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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    Kathryn posted October 14, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I love all three too! These cookies sound wonderful, can’t wait to give them a go!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted October 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    These look so good!! Love the sea salt on top!

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    grace posted October 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    i don’t mind when i get punched by dried cherries–it hurts so good. :) this is a great batch of cookies!

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    Lauren posted October 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful pics!! And I LOVE see salt on top of chocolate chip cookies!!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted October 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I’ve had this post bookmarked for a while because I know they’d be PERFECT for the holidays and my dad would especially love them. I’ve done the cranberry/white chocolate thing but never cherry with sea salt. Brilliant!

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