Two Peas and Their Pod

Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I still remember the first Valentine’s Day we celebrated together-we were dating and Josh made me a delicious Italian meal with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Of course, he won bonus points for the cookies:)  I think cookies should be a part of every Valentine’s Day. There is no better way to show someone you love them than by baking them a batch of homemade cookies. I’ve shared a few festive Valentine cookie recipes already-Red Velvet Crinkles, Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies, Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies, and Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies. All of these cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I have one more Valentine’s Day cookie for you today-Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These cookies are inspired by my Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies. Vanilla pudding mix is the secret ingredient in these cookies. It keeps the cookies super soft and adds a nice vanilla flavor. I also added a double dose of vanilla extract to bring out the vanilla flavor. The tart dried cherries compliment the sweet white chocolate chips and add the perfect pop of red and white for Valentine’s Day.

I normally love cookies right out of the oven, you really can’t beat a freshly baked cookie, right? Well, I actually liked these cookies better the second and third day. The cookies stay super soft and the flavors really come out in the cookie. You can make these cookies over the weekend and they will still be in tip top shape to give to your Valentine on Tuesday.

Josh has made me cookies every Valentine’s Day since our first Valentine’s Day together. He is a smart man-he knows how to make me swoon:) Make a batch of Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip Cookies to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Your friends, family members, and special sweetheart will thank you!

Cherry Vanilla Cookies White Chocolate Chips

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Vanilla pudding mix keeps these Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip cookies nice and soft. These cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day or Christmas.


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups dried cherries
2 cups white chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.

2. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add in pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the dried cherries and white chocolate chips.

3. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slight golden and set. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

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58 Responses to “Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. snooky doodle — February 10, 2012 @ 3:41 am

    these must be so so so good!

  2. Skye from Skye Loves... — February 10, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    Absolutely delicious. I love white chocolate in cookies. And I love that you’ve used dried cherries as opposed to glace` cherries. So much nicer.

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 10, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    I just made mango & white chocolate cookies…but oh my goodness now I want these. They sound wonderful and love the pudding in them b/c pudding cookies are always so soft & chewy!

  4. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 10, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    I totally agree. Cookies are a way to my heart! 😉 These look incredible, and I’ve actually never tried pudding in my cookies. I’ll have to give it a go!

  5. Erica — February 10, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    That is SO cute! <3 <3. I am definitely going to be making Josh up a batch of cookies and another fun dessert (because his birthday is Sunday!)

  6. Amanda — February 10, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    These look and sound wonderful Maria. I am a huge white chocolate fan and cherries are my favorite fruit! Pinning :)

  7. Blog is the New Black — February 10, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    These look DIVINE! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!

  8. The Hungry Housewife — February 10, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Yum Yum Yum Maria! I love the crispy edges!!!

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 10, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    good job on the cookies that first valentine’s, josh :)

    these sound incredible right now!

  10. good man! These look great.

  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 10, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I’ve never heard of pudding mix in cookies – I need to try this out! I love cherry with white chocolate – and with vanilla pudding mix – these sound fabulous. And thank you for the chocolate covered cherry cookie shout out, too – much appreciated!

  12. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 10, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    What a sweet story…and a sweet husband. :) Happy Friday!

  13. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 10, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Hey girl, I’ve got Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes today, Great Minds…

    Your cookies look fantastic. I wish I had one for breakfast!

  14. brandi — February 10, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I love using vanilla pudding in chocolate chip cookies! it’s the best

  15. These looks amazing! I never thougth of using instant pudding in cookies. I can’t wait to ry out this recipe!!

  16. Emilie — February 10, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    you guys are too cute. Josh WOULD make you cookies on V-day :)

  17. Mara @ Elemental Custard — February 10, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Pudding in cookies? Very cool- Ill have to give them a try! How does it affect the texture?

  18. Becky at Vintage Mixer — February 10, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    These look like the perfect Valentine’s Day cookie!

  19. Cassie — February 10, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Love these, Maria. Vanilla pudding mix is perfect. I like adding it to banana bread, I bet it’s a perfect addition here too!

  20. Deborah — February 10, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Love these!

  21. Jennifer | Mother Thyme — February 10, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    These look delicious! I love the combination of the dried cherries with the white chocolate chips!

  22. Bev Weidner — February 10, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I’m TOTALLY okay if you want to give me one. Or 40.

  23. Amanda — February 10, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I’ve never tried pudding mix in cookies before. I’ll have to make these this weekend.

  24. Kathryn — February 10, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Cherry and white chocolate is such a great combination.

  25. Aylin @ Glow Kitchen — February 10, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I can see myself warming those up or perhaps finishing the batter before they ever make it to the oven. Great recipe!

  26. Krissy's Creations — February 10, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Your so right. Cookies definitely should be a part of every Valentines Day! And I now any of yours would be the perfect choice!

  27. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I think my husband could get me to do *almost* anything he wanted if he made me these, haha. You’re a lucky lady, Maria! Hope you all are having a nice start to 2012!

  28. Nicole, RD — February 10, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    I am battling my post-lunch, mid-afternoon sweet tooth and I could seriously go for one of these right now!

  29. Cookbook Queen — February 10, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    These look like the perfect Valentines dessert…and you are married to a sweetie!!

  30. Joanne — February 10, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    I think one of my goals in life is to find a man who will make me cookies on V-Day. that’s all I’ll ever really want. And in the meantime, I’ll make them myself! Perfect.

  31. Heidi — February 10, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I’m hoping there are some leftovers for me to try! Puddin, puddin, puddin!

  32. Chels R — February 10, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Those look so good! I’m a sucker for any cookies with white chocolate chips in it :)

  33. Margarita — February 10, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Love cookies with white chocolate chips. They’re the best!

  34. MikeVFMK — February 10, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I have a weakness for cookies. For real. And these cookies look so goooood! I can only imagine how well the three of you eat with all this great food showing up on your blog!! Oh, and I have a weakness for cherries. Which means I’m in trouble with this combo.

  35. Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie — February 10, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    Love the sweet/tart addition of cherries!

  36. dianegrace — February 11, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    I pinned these and the chocolate cherry cookie recipe this morning and I think they’ve been repinned about 12 times. I made both recipes today and they are amazing! What wonderful valentine treats for our house. thanks

  37. Sues — February 11, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I LOVE that you added vanilla pudding to these cookies. I need to try that secret ingredient method ASAP!

  38. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 11, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    This sounds delightful!

  39. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — February 11, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    What a sweetheart your Josh is. :) Just think, when your son is older, he’ll start making them for you, too, and you’ll get TWO batches of cookies for Valentine’s Day!

    These cookies sound wonderful. I’m also a cookie fanatic, and must bookmark these for future (or immediate) consumption! 😉

  40. Kiran @ — February 12, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    I’ve never tried adding pudding into a cookie recipe.. Super intrigued now. Gotta try. Thanks for the deliciousness :)

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