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Fruity, no-bake cookies

October 17, 2008

These easy, no-bake cookies are chewy, crunchy and chocolatey all at once. The recipe calls for dried cranberries and dates, but any chopped dried fruit can be substituted.

CHERRY CHOCOLATE CLUSTERS



Start to finish: 30 minutes

Makes 5 dozen cookies

1-pound package cream-filled chocolate cookies (such as Oreo or Newman-O's)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
11 1/2-ounce bag dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped dried dates
30 candied cherries, cut in half

Line a baking sheet or large, flat platter with parchment or waxed paper.

Place the chocolate cookies in a large, zip-close plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into very small crumbs. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, corn syrup and chocolate chips. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stopping every 20 to 30 seconds to stir, until melted and smooth.

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Stir in the cranberries and dates, then mix in the crushed cookies.

Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out 1-tablespoon balls of the mixture. Set them directly onto the prepared baking sheet or into mini foil baking cups. Top each ball with half of a candied cherry.

Cover and store in the refrigerator.

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