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randyjl Oct 2, 2007 09:25 AM

I am wanting to try adding dried cherries to my chocolate chip cookie receipe. Will they be too chewy? Should I soak the cherries, say in liquer, drain them, and then add them to the batter. I do not want the cookies to be too chewy or mushy either.

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    morebubbles RE: randyjl Oct 2, 2007 09:26 AM

    I'd add them just like that, no soaking. Delicious. Dried cranberries work well in cookies too.

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      Shayna Madel RE: randyjl Oct 2, 2007 09:28 AM

      Not sure if this will work with cherries, but sometimes with raisins, I "plump" them by putting them in a steamer basket and steaming them for a few minutes. If you use liquer, you obviously change the flavor of the cherries and hence the cookie. Not sure if I like biting into little lumps of alcohol, but that's just me.

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        laurendlewis RE: randyjl Oct 2, 2007 09:36 AM

        I would add as is, just like raisins. Would be great with an oatmeal cookie, maybe some dark choc chips & pecans.... coconut.... yummmmm!

        1. malenky RE: randyjl Oct 2, 2007 02:30 PM

          I do add as is, but give them a little rough chop since they are bigger than most dried fruits normally used.

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            pdiakiw RE: randyjl Aug 10, 2009 06:06 PM

            I always add dried cherries to my cookie dough. They add alot to a cookie. No need to soak or anything.

            1. Vetter RE: randyjl Aug 10, 2009 09:09 PM

              I would add them as is, and throw in white chocolate chunks, too! Yum.

              They are good booze soaked in brownies, though...

              1. alkapal RE: randyjl Aug 11, 2009 01:31 AM

                i'd leave as is, unless they are really dry -- then i'd go with shayna's steam plump-up. i like the chopping idea, too.
                here's another idea when you want a fruit and nut cookie: http://onewholeclove.typepad.com/one_...

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                  rockycat RE: randyjl Aug 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                  There's no need to soak them if you don't want to, but I can't see how a little maceration in rum would hurt. For that matter, soaking just about anything in rum improves a recipe.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: rockycat Aug 11, 2009 08:19 AM

                    I soak dried cherries in rum and add them to oatmeal cookies.

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