2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup natural maraschino cherries
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice (from the bottle)
2 bags white chocolate chips (12 oz. packages)
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter with a mixer until it's light and fluffy. Next add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture changes to a lighter shade of yellow, about 2-3 minutes. Begin removing the stems off the cherries and roughly chop them, making sure to save the juice they're packed in. Next add the eggs, vanilla extract and cherry juice to the butter and sugar bowl and blend well. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, mixing well. Add the dry ingredients in thirds to the wet mixture making sure to scrape way at the bottom of the bowl- I sometimes forget this part! Now add in the cherries and chocolate chips and combine well, making sure you have cherries and chocolate evenly throughout the dough. Scoop the mixture with a spoon and drop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
Bake for 9-12 minutes and cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a plate.