Cherry: Almost Cherry Garcia Cookies

posted by Marlen 03-26-102 4:22 AM

Almost Cherry Garcia Cookies

1 cup sour cherries - dried
1/3 cup cherry brandy
1/2 cup 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 c white chocolate - coarsely chopped
1/2 c semisweet chocolate - coarsely chopped
1/2 c macadamia nuts - coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Plump 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.

Cream butter with granulated and brown sugars. Blend in egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in salt, baking soda and flour. Fold in drained cherries, white and semisweet chocolate and nuts. Batter should be soft. Drop in generous tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper**. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned around edges, 12 to 14 minutes.

Source: LA Times

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