Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine well.
Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Add to egg and sugar mixture and mix. Add the flour and stir until well combined.Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips until evenly combined.
Using a small cookie scoop, place dough on parchment lined baking sheets. about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store airtight for up to 1 week.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk flour, soda, salt, and spices together in a medium bowl.
Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs and extracts and continue to beat until well combined. Mix in the flour. Add the cherries, nuts, and candied fruit. Continue to mix until all the frui, nuts, and chocolate are evenly dstributed.
Use a small cookie scoop to arrange dough on parchment lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are just beginning to brown, approximately 12 minutes. Let set on baking sheets for 1 minute before removing to racks to cool.