As you may recall, Jeremiah and I visited the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory this summer. During our excursion, we were able to sample Cherry Garcia ice cream. Although we had never had it before, we were quickly in love.
A few weeks ago, a recipe suggestion came up in my Pinterest feed for a Cherry Garcia cookie. I decided I had to make this cookie. The only thing I didn’t like about the recipe was the maraschino cherries. I really don’t like them. I thought about one of my favorite ice cream flavors at Sylas and Maddy’s – Queen of Hearts. This recipe has these little pieces of chocolate that when you bite into them you get a splash of raspberry. In the day and age where of you can find anything in the internet, I figured I’d be able to buy these with a cherry flavor. To my surprise, cherry isn’t as popular as raspberry or about any other fruit flavor. One of my friends said, “Oh, what about those Brookside chocolate covered fruit pieces?” They make ones with blueberries and pomegranates. After at least 15 minutes of searching the baking, health foods, and candy isles at HyVee, I am happy to report that Jeremiah found some Cella’s chocolate covered REAL cherries.
I made the cookies yesterday and shared a few with friends. The verdict – they taste like a Cherry Garcia version of cookies. I hope you’ll give them a try. We are sharing them along with Chex Mix, Chocolate Crinkles, and Orange Chocolate Chippers. I’m hoping to have a few left to share with my mom who loves Cherry Cordials.
Cherry Garcia Cookies by Vera
1 c. sugar
3 sticks of butter, softened
1 tsp. almond extract
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Maraschino cherries jar (drained and chopped into pieces)
In a large bowl, cream together sugar, butter, egg, and almond extract. Add flour and salt and blend. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Roll into 2 in balls and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 12-14 minutes.
- I substituted Cella’s chocolate covered cherries (chopped) for the Maraschino cherries.