1 cup maraschino cherries

1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 large egg

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Drain maraschino cherries and chop coarsely. Place on a paper towel to soak up excess liquid.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, shortening until creamy. Beat in extracts and egg.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into creamed mixture. Stir in chips and cherries.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets then remove to wire racks to cool completely.