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Chewy Cherry Cashew Drops

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Chewy Cherry Cashew Drops
Approx. 5 dozen Easy
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Ingredients (12)

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (don't use margarine)
  • 1/4 cup Butter flavor Shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 2/3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup mashed potato flakes (the inexpensive brands work best!)
  • 1 1/3 cups dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup salted cashews, coarsely chopped (or macadamias)
  • 1 cup premium white chocolate chips or chunks

This recipe is one of those recipes with a very unlikely, yet necessary ingredient. It has a nice play of sweet/salty flavors….


  1. 1In a large bowl, cream together butter, butter flavor shortening, and both sugars, creaming well. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, blend flour, baking soda, mashed potato flakes, dried cherries, cashews, and white chocolate chips. Gradually add dry mixture to creamed mixture, blending well. Chill dough for at least one hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop dough by teaspoonsful onto an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet. Bake approx 11 minutes or until slighty underdone and chewy. Tranfer to wire rack to cool.
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