Dried Cherry and Almond Cookies With Vanilla Icing Recipe

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Dried Cherry and Almond Cookies With Vanilla Icing
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  1. FOR THE COOKIES: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in the egg. Add the flour and beat on the lowest speed until just blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the dried cherries and almonds.
  2. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a log, about 12-inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Dough can be made up to 3 days in advance).
  3. Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the log crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer the dough slices to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1-inch apart. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges and puffed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before icing, about 30 minutes.
  5. FOR THE ICING: Put the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the vanilla extract and water, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture becomes a drizzling consistency. (Makes about 2/3 cups icing, enough to ice both variations.).
  6. Put the cooled cookies on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Using a spoon or a fork, drizzle the cookies with the icing, allowing any excess icing to drip onto the baking sheet. Allow the icing to set before serving, about 1 hour.
  7. Cook's Note: To toast the almonds, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.
  8. Cook's Note Alternative: Replace the dried cherries with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots and add 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts. Also, use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and omit the almond extract.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 440.18 Kcal (1843 kJ)
Calories from fat 199.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.15g 34%
Cholesterol 17.92mg 6%
Sodium 427.23mg 18%
Potassium 884.96mg 19%
Total Carbs 56.62g 19%
Sugars 33.91g 136%
Dietary Fiber 0.59g 2%
Protein 5.26g 11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 37.5mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 434.42 Kcal (1819 kJ)
Calories from fat 196.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.86g 34%
Cholesterol 17.68mg 6%
Sodium 421.64mg 18%
Potassium 873.37mg 19%
Total Carbs 55.88g 19%
Sugars 33.47g 136%
Dietary Fiber 0.58g 2%
Protein 5.19g 11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 37mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.5
  • 12

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

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