Monday, December 24, 2007

Cherry-Orange Macadamia Cookies

Christmas Cookies IIIWhen I need some no-fail cookies, I always turn to Cook's Illustrated's really chewy cookie dough. I used this base for these cherry-orange macadamia cookies. I didn't have the opportunity to taste these, but I'm sure they came out great.
Cherry-Orange Macadamia Cookies

2 cup + 1/8 cup AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter (12 tblspns), melted & cooled until just warm
1 cup brown sugar (little less)
1/2 cup white sugar (little less)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tblspn orange zest

1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
2/3 cup macadamia nuts, toasted & chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda & salt. With the mixer on low, combine butter & sugar.
  • Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla & orange zest.
  • Slowly add flour mixture.
  • Fold in filling (nuts, etc.).
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Measure out dough ~ 60grams each & roll into ball, place on baking sheet. Allow some room for spreading.
  • Baking at 325F for 15 - 17 minutes, until edges turn slightly light brown. Do not overbake for chewy cookies!
  • Allow cookies to cool before removing from the baking sheet.
  • Makes ~ 18 large cookies.

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