Cherry Garcia Cookies Recipe

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Cherry Garcia Cookies Recipe. © 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to, Inc.
  • Total: 54 mins
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Yield: About 36 cookies (36 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
98 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 36 cookies (36 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 98
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Inspired by the famous ice cream, these buttery cookies are loaded with cherries, chocolate, and optional macadamia nuts. To kick these up a notch for adults, try soaking the dried cherries in cherry liqueur overnight before draining and continuing with the recipe. Moist, delicious, and bursting with flavor in every bite, these cookies are sure to make your 10 best cookies list.


  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated white )
  • 1/2 cup sugar (light brown, packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (white)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)

Steps to Make It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liners.

Place dried cherries in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit 30 minutes to plump up. Drain well, pat dry, and coarsely chop.

Whisk together salt, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Add flour mixture to butter mixture half at a time and mix until combined. Fold in cherries, white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts. Refrigerate cookie dough 30 to 45 minutes to firm up.

Drop dough by the tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, placing cookies about 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to racks to cool completely. Store in a covered container.

Recipe Source: Marcy Goldman, a Montreal-based food writer and professional bakery and pastry chef
Reprinted with permission.