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White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Every morning after I awaken from my sleepy paradise, I stumble to the kitchen and reach for the french press. As I’m filling it with the grounds which will eventually zap me back into normalcy, I make eye contact with the frog. Don’t worry, there’s no amphibians in my kitchen – the frog is our cookie jar and it’s been sitting empty for quite some time. Every day when I make my coffee I tell myself that this is the day I will replenish the frog but there’s always a fire to put out and the frog bears the brunt of it.

Not today! I have an old, torn up Martha Stewart magazine which consists of just cookie and brownie bar recipes. There are over a hundred pages of awesomely tasty recipes, but me being the white chocolate fiend that I am, I knew when I saw this recipe the frog would be happy once again. Of course I couldn’t just leave well enough alone and take Martha’s word for it, so I juggled some of the ingredients to suit my taste. Martha used walnuts, while I used maple-coated macadamias, which by the way are more expensive than gold! Martha used raisins,while I used dried sour cherries. I was happy the way these cookies turned out. They’re chunky and almost granola bar like, but the cherries and the chocolate will play a tune on your tongue unlike any Clif bar could.

Thanks Martha, you truly are the queen of cookies but my frog is full again, and if kissed may well turn into a prince.

Here’s the recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart:

2 Sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
2 Large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 Cups white chocolate chunks
1 Cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 Cup dried cherries
1 Cup chopped macadamias

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs and cream until combined.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and add to the butter mixture. Stir until combined.
Stir in oats, cherries, chocolate, nuts and coconut.
Drop batter by using a tbsp onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 15-18 minutes, cool on a wire rack.


  • Those look & sound delicious! And I’m sure your kids love that the frog is happy once again!

    July 13, 2011
  • I love your happy frog- these cookies would make me happy if I had them too! Those macadamias sound yummy! :)

    July 13, 2011
  • Haha cute cookie jar! The cookies sound delicious! I love the combination of white chocolate and dried fruit!

    July 13, 2011
  • Oh, these just look out of this world good! I must try them!

    July 13, 2011
  • Yum! I have a ladybug that taunts me like your frog does. Your cookies sound delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    July 13, 2011
  • Marta knows her cookies. This looks so mouth-watering with a glass of cold milk. Strange.. I don’t even drink milk.

    July 13, 2011
  • Oh my heavens! These look fabulous! Your pictures really captured the cookie

    July 13, 2011
  • Holy moly! My favorite kind of cookie is a thick, fluffy, soft one. I don’t like chocolate chip cookies, but a WHITE chocolate cherry cookie is definitely something I could go for!

    July 13, 2011
  • I’d totally make out with a frog for some of these cookies…Prince or not!

    July 13, 2011
  • Love that frog, it would make me smile. Great recipe too.

    July 13, 2011
  • You had me at white chocolate. Cute frog!

    July 14, 2011
  • Oh my! K–1) super cute frog and 2) I am making these cookies very soon! They look so good! Cherries and white chocolate-genius. I have an huge bag of dried cherries that I got at Sam’s the other day. I knew I needed them! Love a thick & chewy cookie–flat cookies make me sad. These look great!

    July 14, 2011
  • Love the cookie cherries and I make a cookie similiar but with cranberries..I am going to add some dried cherries..Thanks for the recipe and that frog sure seems as though he’s liking them!

    July 15, 2011
  • Those are some really yummy looking/sounding cookies… Love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.. I’m bookmarking it!

    July 17, 2011
  • I made these this morning. Delish!! They are so good.

    December 19, 2011
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