White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup dried cherries
Note: For chewy cherries, place dried cherries in bowl and cover with boiling water to soften them. Let soak for 7–8 minutes and then drain. Only use ½–¾ cup dried cherries for recipe, since they will expand.
Preheat oven to 375° F. Using electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and pale in color. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. In separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. With wooden spoon, carefully stir flour mixture into butter mixture, until just combined. Stir in white chocolate chips, dried cherries, and macadamia nuts.
Drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until they just begin to turn golden around the edges. Allow cookies to cool a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.