And I'm not talking about the soft, puffy, must-be-covered-in-icing variety here.
I'm talking about the chewy kind that only results from the perfect melding of softened vegan butter and sugar.
I'm also a really, really big fan of vegan white chocolate chips. (If you haven't invested in any of these, I highly suggest hopping on the internet and ordering them right away, you've been missing out and there's just no need for that).
Normally, when I'm having a serious sweet-tooth craving, I whip up a batch of super simple sugar cookies or the perfect chocolate chip cookie. But lately, every time I open the cabinet I have a big ole' jar of maraschino cherries staring me in the face.
It's not that I'm particularly in love with maraschino cherries, the truth is I planned on using them in a super fancy cherry cookie during the holiday season, but never quite worked up the effort while busy being giant pregnant.
So finally, I decided it was time to do something with those cherries. And for good measure, I decided to use my go-to sugar cookie recipe and white chocolate chips too, just to make sure this cookie couldn't suck.
And guess what? It surpassed any and every expectation I didn't have for it.
Pretty in pink cookies and milk
2 1/4 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 ox jar maraschino cherries
1 1/2 sticks vegan butter
1 cup vegan white chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium to large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in softened butter, water and vanilla extract. In a food processor or blender, dump in the 12 oz jar of cherries and blend up until pureed. Stir in cherry mixture (this will serve as your egg replacement and a moisturizer for the cookies). Last, but definitely not least, stir in vegan white chocolate chips. I advise one cup, but you can add more or less according to your taste.
On a greased cookie sheet, use a spoon to drop medium, one-inch sized cookie dough balls. Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on your oven). The cookies are done when the edges just barely start to brown.
Let them cool, or don't. Just dive in and devour them!
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