Cherry-Vanilla Bean Cookies

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I don’t have anything crazy for you today – just some simple cookies.  They were very delicious and blog-worthy, though.  Cherry-Vanilla Bean Cookies.  Isn’t that a good name for a cookie? 

These are crisp, yet soft, slightly chewy and full of fun ingredients: fresh vanilla bean seeds, dried cherries, chopped toasted pecans, and white chocolate chips. 

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I love the flavor combination, I love the name, I’m giving these five stars on the cookie rating system.

I have a distant cousin and her name is Cherry-Marie.  I’ve never met her before, but I did hear her name mentioned occasionally when I was growing up.  Every time I’d hear it, I’d wish my name was Cherry. 
I also wished my name was Victoria, Samantha, Jasmine, and Claudia when I was a kid. 
What did you wish your name was?  Or was I the only one who did that?  I was definitely inspired by American Girl and Babysitters Club books…

Time to go to work!  Have a good day!

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Cherry-Vanilla Bean Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1 large egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds, toasted
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla bean seeds until creamy - about 1 minute.  Beat in egg, sour cream, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined - about 1 minutes.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour, cherries, nuts and white chocolate chips until just incorporated. 
Place heaping tablespoons full of dough onto cookie sheets.  Bake 12 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen big cookies
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15 comments:

  1. These are definitely blogworthy Emily. I used to wish my name were Georgina...go figure, but my dads name is George.

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  2. LOL I read the baby-sitters club growing up too!! I had tons of them, and I always wanted to be Stacy... she seemed like the cool one in the group.

    And I always wanted my name to be Victoria ( I was also born on queen victoria's birthday -- so I thought it would be a natural choice lol)

    These cookies look like perfection :) I can't wait to give them a try

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  3. I love a good sugar cookie and I have been on a dried cherry kick for my oatmeal. These sound wonderful and full of so many flavors with the sour cream in here, too. Yum!

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  4. Nice combination of flavors. I made a sour cream chocolate chip cookie a long time ago and liked the texture it gave the dough. I'm going to make these!

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  5. Oh I bet these cookies are so good. I love vanilla, vanilla beans...and cookies :)

    And thanks for putting your comments on the same page as the post...so much easier!

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  6. Great combination of tasty ingredients. I like the addition of sour cream too - I imagine that would make them quite soft and moist. Beautiful pictures as always! You are a very talented photographer!

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  7. Haha I kind of wished I was a Felicity. Or a Kerstin. But never a Molly or Maryanne or a Stacy. Sigh. I miss those books.

    These cookies are ANYTHING but simple! They are just pure awesome.

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  8. Yummy, these cookies looks so great. Love vanilla beans!

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  9. these cookies sound amazing! will definitely be trying these soon! and i was totally obsessed with the babysitters club books growing up :)

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  10. Love love love vanilla beans! Especially fresh ones! I've been ordering from Beanillal.com for years. Both Tahitian and Indonesian vanilla beans have cherry-chocolate tones in the flavor... prefect match for this recipe! Thank you so much :)

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  11. these sound perfectly, simply, deliciously amazing!! a must make for my afternoon cup of tea ;)

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  12. I have made these cookies multiple times. Absolutely delicious. I only bake for 10 minutes... it keeps them nice and soft. Wonderful recipe.

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  13. I used to wish my name was Dierdre. I had no idea how it even sounded but I think I read it in a Goosebumps book and thought it looked cool. No. joke.

    Making these tonight - can't wait!

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