Cherry garcia cookies (almost)

Yield: 30 Cookies

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Dried sour cherries
⅓ cup Cherry flavored brandy
½ cup Unsalted butter - room temp
½ cup White sugar
½ cup Light brown sugar
1 \N Egg
1½ teaspoon Vanilla
¼ teaspoon Almond extract
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Baking soda
1½ cup All purpose flour
¾ cup White chocolate, coarsely chopped (Best Quality)
½ cup Coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
½ cup Coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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 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.

Washington Post Oct 30, 1996

== Courtesy of Dale & Gail Shipp, Columbia Md. == From: Gail Shipp Date: 04 Nov 96

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