These chocolate cherry almond cookies are filled with chocolate chunks, tart dried cherries, and sliced almonds, for a delicious cookie combination!
I have several joys in my life; one of them is spending time with my family, and another one is sharing recipes with you guys here on Like Mother, Like Daughter. I love when the two come together, and that is exactly happened with the creation of these Chocolate Cherry Almond Cookies.
A few weeks ago I joined the San Diego Food Blogger group on facebook, and I heard about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It’s a fun cookie exchange where we send a dozen cookies to three different food bloggers from somewhere across the United States. And I received a dozen cookies from three different people.
So, I sent these chocolate cherry almond cookies to Ashley of Taylors 4 You, Linda of Food Huntress, and Jenna of Just J Faye. I got lemon ginger shortbread cookies from Mary of This Tasty Life, chocolate dipped sugar cookies from Layla of Brunch Time Baker, and spritz cookies from Amanda and Hunter at High Heels to Hot Wheels.
The one requirement for the cookie recipe, was that it had to be a new recipe to our site. I took this as a personal challenge to not only share a recipe for a cookie combination I’d never seen before, but to create one that was uniquely my own.
Now, it’s hard to think of a new Christmas cookie flavor, but these cookies remind me of Christmas because growing up, my Christmas stocking always had a box of chocolate covered cordial cherries. They were one of my favorite Christmas treats, and every once in a while they still show up in my Christmas stocking.
Well, you’re probably wondering where the family part comes in to this story. This past Thanksgiving, Craig and I traveled to northern California to spend the holiday with our son, and Aimee flew from Utah with her family. We had an amazing time visiting science museums, seeing historical sights, visiting redwood parks.
And another treat was visiting Fenton’s Creamery, you know, the one they eat at in the movie Up. When we were there, Craig and I split a bowl of ice cream and got a bowl with almond ice cream, and cherry vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate fudge, almonds and cherries. So that’s where I got the idea for these chocolate cherry almond cookies.
So, these chocolate cherry almond cookies start with an almond flour based cookie, filled with chocolate chunks, tart dried cherries, and almond slices. The cookies are loaded with almond flavor, with the almond flour, almond extract, and sliced almonds. Yes, we do love our almonds here. I know you’ll also love these almond flour blackberry muffins!
How to make Chocolate Cherry Almond Cookies?
To make these cookies you start with butter. Mix it up really good white sugar till it’s light and creamy. Add in an egg and the almond extract.
Next you’ll sift in the dry ingredients; almond flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Then fold in the mixins, with your sliced almonds, dried cherries, and chocolate chunks. I personally used milk chocolate chunks, but dark chocolate or white chocolate would be amazing too.
Then you’ll want to chill the dough, so place it in your fridge in a ziplock bag or airtight container for about 1 hour. You can bake them right away, but they might spread more. When the dough is chilled, scoop the cookie dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Press a few more sliced almonds on top and bake them up in the oven for about 8 minutes.
Now they’re ready to enjoy, and I promise you won’t be able to stop at just one.
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Chocolate Cherry Almond Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 TBS almond extract
- 1/2 cup ground almond flour
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup dried cherries (chopped)
- 1/2 cup milk, white, or semi-sweet chocolate bar (chopped)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
- Add the egg and almond extract and mix in with the butter and sugar
- Stir in the flours, baking soda, and salt - mix to combine all ingredients
- Add the chopped dried cherries, chopped chocolate, and sliced almonds
- Mix just until combined throughout the cookie dough
- With a small cookie scoop place your cookie dough on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Flatten cookie scoops with the back of a large spoon
- Press in 3 or 4 sliced almonds to the top of each cookie
- Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes
- Remove from oven
- Top with additional chocolate chunks as desired
- Transfer to cookie rack for cooling
- Store in an airtight container
Originally posted December 15, 2014; recipe and photos updated December 11, 2019.