Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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!

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Cherry Vanilla Cookies White Chocolate Chips

Vanilla pudding mix keeps these Cherry Vanilla White Chocolate Chip cookies nice and soft. These cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day or Christmas.
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!)

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

  6. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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! 😉

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

  18. I made these this weekend for Valentine’s Day – I thought I would be bringing them in to work because my husband isn’t a big sweets fan – but they might not make it! We Both love them! I would like to try making a chocolate chip cookie with the pudding mix and see if I get similar results! Thank you for the recipe!

  19. I made these tonight for my cookie loving boyfriend for our 1st Valentine’s Day together. He’s “more of a vanilla guy” than chocolate so I’m hoping these will be right up his alley. Of course I sampled them & they turned out awesome! They didn’t spread out or get too crunchy but they aren’t doughy either. I did bake end up baking them for 15 min instead of 10-13. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. one of my favorite cookies with dried cranberries, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts. so cherry sounds like a very interesting substitution for the cranberries! i’m definite going to try this… have you added nuts to this recipe?

    gorgeous pictures!!

  21. Hello!

    I stumbled across this post on Google – this recipe is absolutely fantastic! I can’t wait to read more.

    All the best, Alex.

  22. Do you use light or dark brown sugar for these? Also, what brand white chocolate chips do you like in these? Thanks!

    1. I use light brown sugar and Nestle white chocolate chips…any white chips will do, use your favorite! Enjoy!

  23. Love your blog and have made some of your cookies all with delicious results. These are yummy right out of the oven. Other cookies need time to meld flavors but not this one. Will have to make them again to keep them for the 2nd or 3rd day. They are so good now I will have to bake more to keep them longer to taste the fantastic results you mention. These are headed to my afternoon bridge group who will be very happy.

    Question: Your recipe calls for one TABLESPOON of vanilla. Did you really mean one TABLESPOON? Have never used a TABLESPOON of vanilla in any other drop cookie recipe. Anyhow opted for the one teaspoon. And in this recipe you add the instant pudding to the wet ingredients rather than putting it with the flour mixture….I added it to the flour mixture as I have with other pudding recipes. Happy to say it worked with tasty results.

    One more thing…your comments say SOUR cherries but your recipe does not specify. Used sour as you suggested. Wonderful.


  24. I’ve been browsing through your cookies category and now I’m craving all of these delicious cookies! Cherry and white chocolate sounds like a yummy combo!

  25. These sound very good. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate – wonder if using milk chocolate chips would be just as good? Pinning to try!!