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Category: Desserts

Almost Cherry Garcia Cookies

Inspired by Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream, this buttery cookie offers the tang of chewy, dried sour cherries, along with chunks of white and dark chocolate. Macadamia nuts are optional but terrific. Use the best white chocolate you ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Makes 30 cookies
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/3 cup cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, optional

Step 1Plump dried cherries by covering with boiling water. Let stand a couple of minutes. Drain well and toss with cherry liqueur. Drain when required or even better, let sit a couple of hours or overnight for best flavor, then drain and use in recipe.

Step 2Cream butter with granulated and brown sugars. Blend in egg, vanilla and almond extracts.

Step 3Fold in salt, baking soda and flour. Fold in drained cherries, white and semisweet chocolate and nuts. Batter should be soft.

Step 4Drop in generous tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned around edges, 12 to 14 minutes.

Each cookie:
122 calories; 57 mg sodium; 16 mg cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 16 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 0.08 gram fiber.
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