Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies

My love of baking escaped me for a month or so. As much as I thought about baking and found a recipe that I would make, I just never did make it. It was almost as though the thought of creaming butter and sugar together had taken its toll.

But then people kept asking when I would be bringing food into work and mum and dad were querying what was going on. But I thought I would leave it until I really wanted to bake. And I’m pleased to say that the baking bug returned on Saturday morning, and by Sunday lunchtime I was creaming butter and sugar together to make wonderful cookies.

Soft and chewy cookies with chocolate chips and dried cherries went down a treat in our house and are sure to be loved at work tomorrow.

2 1/4 plain flour (sifted)

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

2/3 cup dried cherries – cut into halves/quarters

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180c/350f. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla and salt and combine. Add flour and baking powder. Combine. Add cherries and chocolate chips and stir together.

Place tablespoon measures of dough onto baking sheets lined with baking paper and bake for 10/12 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown around the edges and soft in the centre.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 36.

I hope you enjoy them.

~ Pru

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