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    Dried Cherry-Almond Filled Cookies

    Dried Cherry-Almond Filled Cookies. Photo by GrammaJeanne

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    GrammaJeanne's Note:

    My original recipe. I came up with this out of necessity when I needed a special cookie for a Holiday party. Rich cherry almond flavor in a cream cheese dough. Be sure to soak the cherries before using or filling will be dry. Cooking/prep time does not reflect time to refrigerate dough.

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    Serves: 24



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    • 1 1/2 cups sweet red dried cherries (I used Bing)
    • 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
    • 1/4 cup white grape juice (or white wine)
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/4 cup raw sugar (Turbinado)
    • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds (unsalted)


    1. 1
      Dough: Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, until light.
    2. 2
      Add sugar, salt and vanilla until moistened. With mixer on low, add flour and mix until combined.
    3. 3
      Dump dough onto well-floured board and roll into a ball. Divide ball into quarters, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
    4. 4
      Filling: Soak cherries in a combination of Amaretto and white grape juice for several hours (in a pinch, heat on low until liquid is hot but do not boil, then add cherries and soak at least 20 minutes - allow to cool before using).
    5. 5
      Place cherry mixture, almond extract, sugar and almonds in food processor, fitted with metal blade. Pulse/process until ingredients form a grainy paste (if necessary add a little more liquid). Scrape sides down once during processing.
    6. 6
      Roll out each dough ball to a uniform thickness of about 1/8 inch. Cut into 2 inch circles and place on parchment covered cookie sheets. Place a level measuring teaspoon of filling in center of each round. Pull over to fold in half (forming a half moon) and press edges gently together to form a seal.
    7. 7
      If desired, brush each cookie with an egg wash of 1 beaten egg and 1 tablespoon milk just before baking.
    8. 8
      Bake 1 sheet at a time on center rack of preheated 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until bottom edge becomes golden. Remove to wire rack and let cool completely.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 21, 2008


      Oh Wow! These are sooo good! I love any kind of cookies, and those with liqueur are even better! These were so full of flavor. I used dried Royal Anne Cherries (it's what I had) and they were great. I soaked the cherries for about 3 hours before making and they were nice & moist. Thanks for a wonderfully sinful treat!

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    Nutritional Facts for Dried Cherry-Almond Filled Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (47 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 220.0
    Calories from Fat 138
    Total Fat 15.4 g
    Saturated Fat 7.0 g
    Cholesterol 30.7 mg
    Sodium 122.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 8.2 g
    Protein 3.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    dried cherries

    amaretto liqueur

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