Maraschino Chocolate Cherry Cookies

When it comes to cookies, we love them in just about any form we can get them, but we find we accidentally keep going back to tried-and-true favorites instead of continuing to try as many new variations as possible. Chocolate chip cookies are obviously a staple, never to be outdone, but what about when we put a fruity twist on things and turn these into a sweet treat that’s just as perfect for Valentine’s Day as it is for a birthday party or potluck??

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional

Preheat oven to 350º F and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl or mixer, beat butter for 2-3 minutes, or until softened and creamy, then beat in powdered sugar, and vanilla and almond extracts. Mixture should be fluffy.
Mix flour and maraschino cherry juice into dough, until it comes together.
Fold in chopped cherries and chocolate chips.
Using a tablespoon or cookie scooper, form 1-inch balls and place on lined baking sheet(s).
Optional: flatten cookies out using the palm of your hand, or the bottom of a glass.
Place trays in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.

Recipe adapted from Small Town Woman