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 can find. An adult cookie that kids also adore.
Almost Cherry Garcia Cookies
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.