Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries

My favorite chocolate chip cookies are made with bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cocoa) and dried sour cherries. This combination is sophisticated and not the least bit sweet. As one of my friends said, “complex.” They are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Here is the recipe.

Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries
Makes about 3-31/2 dozen
1 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; set aside.

Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Reduce sped to low and mix in flour mixture, a little at a time, until just incorporated. Mix in cherries and chocolate pieces on low.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet, spaced at least two inches apart. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.