Thursday, May 05, 2005

Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews

Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews (Adapted from KAF Whole Grain Baking)

1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
2/3 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped cashews, toasted

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in orange juice, egg and vanilla - scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. This mixture will probably look curdled at this point - this is just fine. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks, apricots, cranberries and cashews. Cover and place in the refrigerator for a couple hours.

Preheat oven to 350

Using a tablespoon measuring scoop, drop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. Gently flatten the dough with your fingers. Bake until the edges are just barely beginning to turn golden - turning the pan around halfway through, about 12-15 minutes.

Remove and place the baking sheet on a wire rack - let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm.

Makes about 32 cookies.

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