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Jul 2, 2007 06:41 AM

Cookies with Dried Lychees

I have a bag of dried lychees from Trader Joe's, and I've gotten it in my head to make cookies with them. I want to stay away from oatmeal cookies... that seems almost too easy. Any ideas for a recipe I could play with to incorporate these goodies? I was thinking something like a lime sugar cookie with finely chopped lychees. Any thoughts?

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  1. In case anyone's interested in what I came up with, here's my recipe for Lime and Lychee Crisps. They pack a tremendous lime and lychee punch.

    Lime and Lychee Crisps

    1 cup sugar
    zest and juice of 5 limes
    3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp coarse salt
    15 dried lychees, finely chopped and tossed with a pinch of flour

    In a stand mixer, mix sugar and lime zest using the paddle attachment until combined. Add butter and mix on medium until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in vanilla and lime juice. Reduce speed to low and add flour, baking powder and salt slowly. Add chopped lychees to distribute.

    Divide dough in quarters, placing each quarter on a large piece of wax paper. Press dough into a log, using the wax paper to compact. Wrap completely in the wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove only one piece of dough from the freezer at a time. Unwrap from paper and cut slices about 1/8 inch thick. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to move the pan up to the higher rack early so the cookie bottoms don't brown too much. The cookies should remain light in color for better taste. Cool on wire racks.

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