Sunday, December 18, 2005

Cookie Collection 2005

A non-contender for Cookie Collection 2005.

I made these cookies on a whim in April 2003, during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. I ate the entire batch. Ooops. I tried saving some for J-lo, but was worried they go bad before he had a chance...sorry.

Cherry Blossom Festival Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 300

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, soda and salt with a whisk and set aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend the sugars at medium speed. Add the butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix at medium speed until just blended. Do not overmix.

Add the flour mixture and the white chocolate chips, blend at low speed until just mixed. Add the dried cherries, just until mixed.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 22-24 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies immediately to a cool surface with a spatula.

1 comment:

ScottE. said...

I made these last night. A few changes: Prior to adding the cherries, I roughly chopped them and then added a 1/4 cup of boiling water and 1 tsp of almond extract. Let them soak until ready to use, drain well.

I also added 1/2 cup of chopped pistachio nuts.

With the vanilla extra, I took out 1/2 tsp and substituted in 1/2 tsp of almond extract.

Very Tasty!