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baking with cherry-flavoured dried cranberrries?

Couldn't find any dried cherries at the grocery store, so I picked up some cherry-flavoured Craisins. Has anyone tried baking or cooking with any Craisins that aren't cranberry-flavoured? Just wondering if I can use them as a substitute for dried cherries, or whether I should just use them as-is, in trail mixes/salads, etc. Not sure if the cherry flavour would change once it's heated.

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  1. I would guess that if a recipe called for "dried cherries" that yes the cherry flavoured cranberries would change things. It was tough to find dried cherries this year here. I made a citrus salad with dried cranberries that worked out well. If you need to use up the "cherry" flavoured ones, this recipe might work for you, the flavour would definitely work:

    1 cup cranberry juice (I didn't have any so used raspeberry/cranberry cocktail instead)
    3/4 cup dried cranberries
    1/3 cup liquid honey
    1/2 tsp ground ginger and ground cloves
    1 tbsp orange zest

    Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat until syrupy (mine never got syrupy - maybe because of the juice being low-sugar cocktail type). Chill and serve poured over sliced, peeled oranges. It was the hit of christmas breakfast at our house!

    Good luck!

    1. I agree with nsstampqueen - I think if the recipe calls for one or the other the flavor will be different. I have used them in a savory shortbread cookie that I make by adding rosamary and dried cranberries into the batter. The cherry flavor craisans have also worked.
      Good luck.

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      1. of course the flavors would be different, but do they *only* taste of cherry? how do they remove the cranberry flavor? they'd be easy to use in cookies, blondies or quickbreads, either way.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

          According to the Ocean Spray website (http://www.oceanspray.com/products/cr...), the cherry craisins are "cherry juice-infused". I interpret that to mean that they taste just like cranberries soaked in cherry juice.

        2. I've used them instead of raisins in oatmeal cookies. They are also good in added to chocolate chip cookies.

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            Cool, good to know you've used them in baking.

            1. re: phoenikia

              phoenikia -- if you're ever in a pinch, and don't much dropping some coin for dried cherries, Culinarium on Mt. Pleasant usually has really nice ones in stock.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                thanks TorontoJo ;-) I don't mind dropping coin for good dried cherries. Also found some dried sour cherries & other tasty dried fruit at Shirini Sara on Leslie a couple years ago.

              2. re: phoenikia

                yup.. they add an interesting flavor to oatmeal cookies. if they're really hard, soften in hot water for a minute or two.