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Dark chocolate, macadamia and ???

I'm making cookies on Christmas eve to take to family on the 25th. I'm doing kind of a chocolate chip style cookie, but with dark chips and macadamias. I just feel like it needs a fruity component. I don't have cranberries and don't really feel like braving the crowds to buy some. What else could I toss in to add a bit more dimension?

Lemon or Orange zest? Candied Ginger? I'm all out of inspiration by this point in the season.

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  1. Candied ginger came to mind as soon as I saw the title of your post.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      me too, but I think I always have candied ginger on the brain!

      As a side note, I made a dark chocolate cookie with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and white chocolate chunks and I'm really not liking them, so no big loss that you don't want to go get cranberries, in my opinion!

      1. re: Katie Nell

        Me three!!! That would add such add such a nice zing... :)


        1. re: Dommy

          I know! Now I wish I could dig the cranberries out of my darn cookies and add the ginger!!

    2. dried cherries!
      or coconut!

      or both!!

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        1. Dried cranberries.

          Whoops, I don't read carefully enough sometimes. I'm sorry!

          UM... Let's go GINGER then!

          1. rice krispies add a nice crunch too
            dried banana chips

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            1. re: HillJ

              Yum! Gotta try the whole combo! crunchy & chewy suits me.

            2. Orange or tangerine peel, grated not too finely.

              1. yummy an orange truffle cookie!

                1. I HATE coconut but I am going to suggest it for this cookie recipe.
                  (I really think you should brave the crowds and buy some dried crans).

                  1. My vote is for lemon zest. Mac nuts are kind of rich, so lemon can be a good counterbalance.

                    I would agree coconut + mac nuts for white chocolate chips, but somehow can't picture it with dark.

                    Guess if you want all out sweet put some caramel in it. ;)

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                    1. re: notmartha

                      It's super good with dark, I promise.

                    2. what about finely chopped dried pineapple?

                        1. re: frenetica

                          love that better than pineapple....

                        2. not fruity, but peppermint could be nice with the dark chocolate and the macadamias... maybe some crushed candy cane?

                          I'm thinking of it like peppermint bark, but in cookie form.

                          1. You can make the batch with just the dark chocolate and mac nut, divide the dough in half and try 1/2 with one type of fruit/flavoring and the other 1/2 with the other type of flavoring.

                            Please report back which works better, as now I am curious (and I don't want a ton of cookies in my kitchen)...