Tuesday, November 16, 2010

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies...Amazing

One of my favorite things to do is look through cookbooks, cooking blogs and magazines for inspiration and new recipes to try. I often print out recipes I find online and put into a file for a rainy day. I needed to bake a "thank you" gift for someone and wanted it to be special. I pulled this recipe out of that file and decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did. This is an AMAZING cookie recipe. The combination of the white chocolate (which I am normally not a fan of) and the dried cherries is out of this world. Dried cherries can be expensive so stock up if you find them on sale (Trader Joe's is the most affordable). I got my dried cherries at our local Co-op. And although caramelizing the sugar is an added step (I did it the day before) it was worth it. The caramelized sugar deepens the flavor of this cookie. This recipe is from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.
Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup caramelized sugar*
3/4 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
12 ounces good White Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
8 ounces dried Cherries

Directions:
*To make caramelized sugar for this recipe take a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper. With the oven preheated to 375 degrees, sprinkle 1 cup granulated sugar onto the middle of the pan. Bake for about 5-8 minutes (you need to watch it carefully because once it starts to caramelized it can quickly burn). Take out of oven and it cool completely. Once cooled, lift the blob of caramelized sugar and put into blender or food processor. Blend until sugar is back to being super fine. Measure out 3/4 cup for the recipe. You can make a big batch of this and use in other cookie or dessert recipes.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Grease your cookie pans with butter(to make a more golden brown bottom). In a mixer, cream the butter for 3 minutes. Add both types of sugar and mix(on high)for another 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Add eggs on at a time, mixing 1 minute each. Scrape down the bowl again. Add vanilla and mix for one more minute on medium high.
In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. With the mixer on slow speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the batter. Do not over mix. Take the bowl off the mixer and by hand mix in the white chocolate and cherries. Using small ice cream or cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and place onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. They will not look done. Take them out anyway, they will continue to cook on the pan. Leave them on the pan for 5 minutes after taking them out of the oven. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
And there you have it...a very special thank you gift. Or an amazing cookie for you and your family to enjoy.

3 comments:

  1. So glad you liked them. I make them a lot. It's the sugar that really makes the difference. :)

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  2. I do that with recipes, too. Have a huge stack of "try" ones and usually go back to the tried and true. I have a recipe that calls for dried cherries but dried fruit is not my favorite . . . I bet the caramelized sugar in these makes them really good.

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  3. i'm jealous of your culinary awesomeness. if i lived closer i would probably be at your house every night for dinner. i'm pretty sure you'd get annoyed with that eventually. i made some banana chocolate chip bread this morning. because i felt the need to bake....your blog always makes me hungry!

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