Vanilla Cherry Drop Cookie Recipe

The vanilla cherry drop cookie recipe mixes together several great tasting ingredients to give a soft, but crunchy masterpiece!

1 (6 ounce) jar red maraschino cherries, drained
1 (6 ounce) jar green maraschino cherries, drained
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla chips

Large bowl
Medium bowl
Cookie sheets

Step 1: Chop cherries, drain on paper towels; set aside.
Step 2: Lightly grease or spray cookies sheets with no-stick spray; set aside.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 4: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Step 5: In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, and cream cheese together with an electric mixer set on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy.
Step 6: Add sugars, beating well.
Step 7: Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well.
Step 8: Gradually add flour mixture until fully mixed.
Step 9: Stir in chopped cherries, oats, rice cereal, chopped pecans, coconut, and vanilla chips; stir well.
Step 10: Drop dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
Step 11: Bake for 12 minutes or until set. Let cookies cool for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling surface.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.