I made 10 different kinds of cookies yesterday and these were by far the winner! Did not garnish them with chocolate. Also swapped out almond extract for the liqueur, but I think next time I will only use 1/2 tbsp. Also cut my cherries in half. UPDATE: I made these again today for a bake sale and I used amarena cherries in place of the dried. I prefer this recipe with the tart dried cherry to be honest. If you are using amarena cherries in this recipe, I recommend that you increase it to 3/4 cup from 1/2 cup.
I have several pounds of dried cherries and wanted to find a good cookie recipe for the holidays to use them up. My sig. other is diabetic so I thought I'd give this recipe a try using the Pillsbury sugar free devil's food mix--turned out amazing! Everyone loved it and you would never guess it is sugar free. Mine were a cross between a brownie and a cookie. I added a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder and omitted the chocolate drizzle. I used a tablespoon of almond extract the first time around and it was way too much for my taste, one tsp of almond and two tsps of vanilla turned out perfect. These were so popular they are going into the christmas baskets this year!
These are the best cookies that exist -- No joke. I've found that the Wal-Mart brand of cherries work the best. They're more plump and not sugar-coated like other brands I've seen. I always refrigerate the cookies after drizzling the chocolate to let the topping harden. They're even more delicious when served right out of the fridge. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
These weren't quite as good, for us, as the other reviews stated. They were just okay. I made them exactly as written.
these are oh so good!!!
Great recipe! Made for a friend's birthday and she loved them... bake time was a bit longer, but I used an airbake so that's expected. Cookies had a fabulously soft texture even on day 2.
I am all about finding recipes that use ingredients I already have on hand... Well I just happened to have a box of chocolate cake mix and some dried cherries so obviously this recipe appealed to me! The cookies are delicious and only took about 3 minutes of prep time. I did use vanilla extract because I don't have the almond liqueur and they taste just fine. I also used a little more cherries and for the last batch that went in the oven I added chopped walnuts. Yum!
These are very good. I had a lot of dried cherries to use up and this recipe hit the spot.
WOW!! These were really good. I included them in our Christmas cookie baking gifts...Since I need to make 21 trays of cookies I always look for something EZ. Three of my kids (ages 11,9,and 8) were responsible for making these, while I worked on others. (and they still came out great LOL) The only thing we did diferently was use cherry flavored craisons, since we could not find dried cherries...Did not even bother to garnish with chocolate....GREAT RECIPIE...Thanks
A big hit! I made these for the cookie exchange at work and everyone who got one loved them! I used vanilla in place of the almond liqueur because I did not have it and it worked perfect. Thank you for posting, I think these will become a tradition for my holiday baking.