Bing Cherry and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A stack of cookies with bing cherries
This  past Sunday was a rainy, movie kind of a day at our small cottage on a small lake in The Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin.  It provided a nice opportunity to hunker-down after a fun and friend-filled Saturday.  There was eggplant parmasiana, there was insalata caprese with burrata, there was sangria, and there were good friends and wet dogs.  In the wake of a busy and fun Saturday, the damp and misty second half of the weekend was just fine with me. While everyone else watched The Dark Knight, I sifted through the staples on hand to whip up for a new post for Platter Talk.  This is what I came up with .

Stacks of cookies with cherries on a cooling rack

Growing up on the farm, most summers my folks would order a peck or two of bing cherries, I think they came from Oregon – almost as far away as you can get from upstate New York without leaving the lower 48.

A bowl of bing cherries

I recall a small bushel basket-like container and learning that was a “peck.”  We would get cherries by the peck, and peaches and apples by the bushel or half-bushel.  Everything else it seemed came from our garden, or “the woods.”  By the way, in case anyone is wondering – one peck is equal to 8 dry quarts or 16 dry pints.

   A bowl of sugar and a bowl of flower A cup of chopped cherries
A bowl of cookie batter with bing cherries

I mentioned that Sunday had been an overcast, on-again and off-again rainy day.  Perfect weather for being lazy, for sauntering about, for watching movies, for reading, and for having fun in the kitchen.

Cookies and bing cherries on a cooling rack

Anyone who had kids probably understands the perpetual parental concern of trying to have healthy snacks and treats readily on hand.  I won’t lie and say we don’t have our share of junk food around to munch on but we make a conscious effort to freely offer fresh fruits and vegetables as well.

A close up of food, with Cookies and Bing cherry

Grapes and bananas are available to us throughout the  year and chances are good you will find one or both of those on counters on almost any given day.

Bing cherries with a cookie on a cooling rack

Summer, though, is special to mid-westerners in that we now have access to fresh fruits, vegetable, and berries.  To that end, bing cherries are currently the choice lure of both kids and fruit flies among our bowls of fresh fruit.

A close up of a bing cherries

This was a fun little recipe to put together.  The cherries added an element of cheer to an otherwise completely colorless day.  I could have easily left the chocolate chips out of this mix but those who know me best also understand that just isn’t a personal option for me.  In defense of my own downright weakness for all things chocolate, I have to say the semi-sweet chips made for great company to these already happy bing cherries.

A plate of food with Cookie and Bing cherries
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup soften butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup bing cherry slices
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl beat eggs, add butter, shortening, sugars, and vanilla.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Slowly add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until completely mixed.
  • Add chocolate chips and cherries, and gently fold to incorporate into dough.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until done. 

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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    1. Hi Paula, with these cookies, sized doesn’t matter. In short, they are the size of an ordinary homemade cookie. Roll the dough into a ball about the size of a golf ball (1.5 to 2 inches in diameter). Then, gently pat each cookie into a disc before baking.

  1. I love bing cherries. They always remind me of my grandpa…he used to eat them by the bowl full:) And I love all things chocolate chip cookie…but who doesn’t. These look perfect:)

    1. Kylie,
      It’s always a little magical when a cookie or treat can evoke good memories from yesteryear; thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Lazy Sundays are the best, especially when you have cookies in the oven! Love that you mixed cherries into these…they are my favorite summer fruit by far!

  3. Loving this combination of sweet Bing cherries with chocolate chips in a cheery cookie to brighten dreary days…or any day! Inviting photography, Dan. I’ve got to try fresh cherries in my chocolate chip cookies soon as I have only had dried tart cherries in them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this combination Dan! I love bing cherries and chocolate chips cookies. It’s only natural to put the two together. YUM! 🙂

    1. Ashley,
      Pancakes or cookies – I think you could take your pick with these cherries! Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope your week is going nicely!!