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Chocolate Chip-Cherry Chunk Cookies

My grandmas and mom created this recipe with chocolate chips, cherries and spices, a combo of their favorite parts of different cookies. Then dad made ice cream to turn them into ice cream sandwiches. We'd eat these sandwiches in the summer heat, each bite cooling us as the ice cream melted down our arms. —Wade Rouse, Fennville, Michigan. For more info on author Wade Rouse, please visit
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, gradually adding sugars, until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in egg, vanilla and maple flavoring.
  • In another bowl, sift together flour, baking cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture just until moistened (do not overbeat). Stir in semisweet chocolate and white baking chips, dried cherries and coconut.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 92 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Bonnie
    Feb 9, 2021

    Really, now TOH is letting people direct others to their own websites to advertise? What's up with that??

  • meaganteal
    Jul 5, 2018

    Nice cookie. I am not a fan of cherries, but my husband ate six cookies at one time. Nice and moist, good thickness.

  • delowenstein
    Jun 2, 2018

    I had the chance to make these cookies on 5/31/18. They're great! I did grease the baking sheets for easier removal! I also took some of these cookies to sell in our coffee shop and the rest went to our pot luck meal on 6/1/18! Thank you, Wade Rouse (aka Viola Shipman)!