They are the best dried cherries I have ever had, which shouldn't surprise me because they are from Costco, whose legal name is Best Store in the Universe even though we all call it by its nickname.
I decided to challenge myself to use them in two recipes, one sweet and one savory. No ideas yet for the savory but this is what I came up with for the sweet. If you like Black forest cake, Cherry Garcia ice cream, or chocolate covered cherries, this recipe is for you. It took me a couple of times to tweak the recipe to perfection but here it is:
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (or you can use all brown)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oats ( I used quick cooking)
1 cup or more of the best dried cherries in the world
1 dark chocolate bar cut into chunks or 1 cup of chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350. Cream the margarine and sugars and add eggs one at a time and then the vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats, cherries and chocolate and drop a tablespoon-full on a lined cookie sheet. Bake around 10 minutes, cool, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
(Disclaimer: these pictures are from the first batch before I tweaked the recipe. When you make them they will spread like regular cookies and wont look like these frosted meatballs)