Soft & Chewy Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Cookies, Drop Cookies | 10 comments

Soft & Chewy Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

Let’s just talk for a minute about what I ate this Holiday season. I would guesstimate about 3 pounds of cheese..omg…I LOVE cheese, 2 entire boxes of chocolate, beef & pork meatballs and I NEVER eat beef & pork, a bushel of dumplings….kinda don’t even feel guilty about that one and we haven’t even gotten started on the cookies! So, why in world am I posting another cookie recipe?! Because these cookies are just that good and with the cherries & almonds….good for you right?

Cherry Almond White ChocolateThese cherry almond white chocolate cookies are the perfect way to kick off the New Year. After baking them, I stored some in the freezer and eat one as a reward when I complete a super hard work out.  See, these cookies are good for you! Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies I know I say this about a lot of my cookies, what can I say I love cookies! But this cookie is definitely one cookie I truly love. The tartness of the dried cherries add fantastic flavor and a nice chewy texture and the almonds give it a yummy nutty flavor with great crunch. Pop in a few kicks of sweetness from the white chocolate and I added a subtle refreshing surprise flavor of orange zest and you’ve got a party in your mouth!  See why I love these cookies? Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies For this cookie, all the basic rules to making a soft & chewy cookie apply. – Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before creaming. Here are some tricks on how to soften butter quickly. – Don’t over cream the butter and sugar. – Use baking soda instead of baking powder. – Refrigerate your dough for at least an hour before baking. – And under-bake, under-bake, under-bake. And a sweet success tip. Toast the almonds before adding them to the dough. The toasted nutty flavor will be enhanced in the cookie. What was your favorite indulgence over the Holidays?

Soft & Chewy Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cookies


  • 3/4 cups Unsalted Butter Softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Large Egg
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Slivered Almonds Toasted
  • 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips


This recipe makes about 12-14 cookies. If you are impatient, you can bake these without refrigerating however it will slightly alter the taste and chewiness of the cookie, but it will still be a good cookie!


Step 1
(Optional) In a pan, toast the almonds for a few minutes. Be careful not to burn them. And set aside.
Step 2
Cream the softened butter, white sugar & brown sugar in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or with a wooden spoon. Add the egg and the zest of one orange and mix until incorporated.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda & salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. Stir in dried cherries, almonds & white chocolate chips. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight.
Step 4
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Scoop 2-3 rounded tablespoons of dough and place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes until the edges are a light golden brown. Do not over bake. Cool and enjoy!
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  1. i’d love this cookie. i love cherries, white chocolate and almonds. yum!

  2. Why have I never thought to use dried cherries in cookies?! These sound amazing!

    • Thanks Jessica!! They were so yummy and way more flavorful than raisins or dried cranberries.

  3. Liz, these cookies look so yummy! I can only imagine how good they tasted. The flavor of the cherry and the chocolate yum! 😀

    • Thanks Layla! They were definitely a treat!!

  4. These are beautiful looking cookies. They look almost to pretty to eat – almost!!! Pinned.

    • Thanks Kristie!! And thank you for pinning! I really appreciate it!!!

  5. I swear I ate my weight in sweets this holiday season! You are so smart to put the cookies in the freezer to use as a reward…I usually just eat them all and then feel sick, lol.

    Love white chocolate and almonds together! These are a must try…after I burn off the 17,456,000 calories I just ate in the month of December that is!

    Happy New Year!

    Erin from Live & Love L.A.

    • Haha!!! I’m so right there with you! Unfortunately, I think I added another 2500 to that count last night….good food is just so good! Happy New Year to you too!

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