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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Almost Cherry Garcia Cookies ~
1 cup dried sour cherries
1/3 cup cherry flavored brandy
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/4 t almond extract
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate
1/2 cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Plump the
dried cherries by soaking them in boiling water to cover
for a couple of minutes. Drain well and toss with cherry
brandy. Let the cherries sit in the brandy for a couple
of hours, or even overnight for the best flavor, then
drain before using. Cream the butter with both sugars.
Blend in the egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in
the salt, baking soda and flour. Fold in the cherries,
white and dark chocolate and, if using, the macadamia
nuts. Batter should be soft. Drop in generous
tablespoons onto the baking sheets, leaving space
between dollops of batter. Bake until lightly
browned around the edges, 12 - 14 minutes.
Cool on racks.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Use wrapping paper to decoupage a plate. Add cookies
and wrap filled plate with Saran Wrap. Add ribbon and
gift tag. Decoupage plate is for decorative use only.
Wipe clean with damp cloth.
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