Cherry and Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

5 from 2 votes

Sharing one of our favorite cookie bar recipes today! These Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars make the perfect treat to bring to family and friends.

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Cookie Bar Recipes

Cookie bar recipes are some of my favorite recipes to create! I found the most delicious cherry chips that made the BEST cookie bars ever. Soft yet buttery crisp with the “cherries and cream” flavors going on. Wrap these bars up in a cute bakery box, wrap with twine and surprise your friends with a fun festive treat. Enjoy !

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I found these Cherry Flavored Baking Morsels at one of my local grocery stores. I know they can be tricky to find. Keep your eyes open for them, they make such a festive cookie! If you can’t find them, you can always substitute your favorite chocolate chip in it’s place.

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Start by creaming your butter and sugars in your favorite large mixing bowl or stand mixer.

How To Make Cookie Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, white and cherry chips. Mix until just combined. Transfer dough to prepared baking pan, pressing evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and baked through. Let cool completely then cut into squares to serve.

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Add your egg and vanilla.

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Dry ingredients up next.

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Some lovely white chips for the “cream” part of the cookie 🙂

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Add those cherry chips! How gorgeous are they?!

What Can I Substitute Cherry Chips With?

If you can’t find the cherry chips, no worries. You can use dried cherries in the snack isle of your grocery store or any other favorite chocolate chip flavor.  Lots of options!

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Give a nice mix. Almost ready to bake!

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Transfer your dough to a 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper.

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Press evenly and bake for 25-35 minutes.

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Once cooled completely, cut into squares and try not to eat the entire batch yourself 🙂

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Tips For Making The Best Cookie Bars

  1. Don’t alter the recipe, use all ingredients as listed.
  2. For a more firm cookie, refrigerate your cookie dough for 24 hours before baking.
  3. Always use butter, not margarine.  ALWAYS.  I prefer salted butter for my chocolate chip cookies.  Try it!
  4. Don’t skip creaming your butter and sugars for a good 2 minutes.  Helps create a fluffy, chewy cookie bar.
  5. Try sprinkling dough with just a touch of salt for a perfect sweet and salty combination.
  6. Don’t overtake your cookie bars.  Bars will continue to cook on hot cookie sheet when removed from oven.
  7. Let cookies cool completely before cutting into squares and storing in containers. This will keep their crispness.
  8. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for 3 days room temperature.
Cherry and Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Picky Palate
5 from 2 votes

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These cookie bars could not be more delicious with cherry and white chips! Don't miss this perfect flavor combo!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cherry flavored chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, white and cherry chips. Mix until just combined. Transfer dough to prepared baking pan, pressing evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and baked through. Let cool completely then cut into squares to serve.

Notes

If you can't find cherry chips, you can substitute any of your favorite chocolate chip flavors. Butterscotch, mint, toffee chips, anything works great!

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
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44 Responses
  1. Katie H

    I love the look of these, does anyone know how well they freeze? We do cookie baskets every year and have to freeze them.

    Thanks!

  2. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    I’ve never seen those cherry-flavored baking morsels and now I’m on a mad dash to the grocery store! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  3. Ashley M.

    It would not be the same if you substituted regular chocolate chips for the cherry! They look sooooo good!

  4. sabrina

    I made the Cherry & Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars today for a school potluck. The whole thing was finished before the pizza or anything else! A big hit! I couldn’t find the cherry chips, but Target is carrying Christmas colored chocolate chips, so I just separated the red ones and used these instead!

  5. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    These are so adorable. I hope I can find some cherry chips on my island. I really want to try these.

  6. Maegan @ The BakerMama

    I’ll definitely be on the lookout for cherry chocolate chips now! These bars look so tasty!

  7. Orla

    These look great! Since it’ll be about a century before we get these in Ireland I might have to substitute these with glacé cherries! looking forward to it! 🙂

  8. Heather

    GAH! I totally stalked every grocery store in my area and no dice 🙁 Guess I’ll just make it work with some dried cherries – delicious!

  9. Tieghan

    Whoa, those chips are awesome! I have never seen them before, but I will have to find them on amazon! Such a perfect holiday cookie! 🙂

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Jenny these look amazing! I made cookies last winter with maraschino cherries and white choc chips and I can only imagine how good these cherry chips are. Never knew they existed. Delish bars. Pinned!

  11. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Cherry Baking Morsels! How neat! White Chocolate and Cherry go perfectly together!

  12. Cookin' Canuck

    I think it’s pretty much a given that my kids would love these. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for those cherry chips.

  13. beth @ bethcakes

    I’ve never seen cherry chips at any of the grocery stores here, but they’re so bright and colorful! I may need to do some more investigating. These bars look incredible! 🙂

  14. Graham Blackall

    These look absolutely divine.
    I’m quite the chip connoisseur and I’ve never seen cherry chips down here in Louisiana.
    I think I’ve got to order some online after seeing this.

  15. Gina

    Oh – now would you look at that!!! I love all things cherry flavored so I’m DEFINITELY making these. YUM-O!! Thanks Jenny!

  16. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    Can chips get any better. I just love the colour of these. Just the prettiest things ever

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