White Chocolate Cherry Pudding Cookies
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White Chocolate Cherry Pudding Cookies

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword white-chocolate-cherry-pudding-cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 4 oz plain cream cheese softened (Not spreadable or whipped)
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3.4 oz package instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (12-oz} jar maraschino cherries well drained and quartered
  • 1 11-oz package white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 standard baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer cream together the butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. Beat until fluffy and pale yellow in color, around 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Sift together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Lower the speed of the mixer and add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar. Continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Mix-in the cherries and white chocolate chips by hand until evenly distributed in the dough.
  • Use a medium cookie or ice cream scoop to divide the dough placing at least 2-inches apart. on the pan
  • Using floured fingers gently press to flatten the centers.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Cool on the pan for 5 minutes then carefully remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

It's imperative that the maraschino cherries be as free from juice as possible. After chopping. lay on a paper towel to drain any excess away from the cherries.