August means cherry everything in Door County – drinks, desserts, even savory entrees! Tart Montmorency cherries grow particularly well on the peninsula and are wonderful for cooking and drinks. The Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association touts the health benefits of cherries, including protection against heart disease and inflammation and high anti-oxidant properties. Just one ounce of cherry juice concentrate a day could do wonders for your health. Here are a few recipes we use to have fun with all the juicy cherries, from the book Door County Cherry Recipes from the Market, written by Barbara Wulf. Pick up your copy of her recipes at: Bliss, Cornucopia Kitchen Shop, and Renard’s Cheese & Deli.
These are best right out of the oven when the chocolate chunks are melting in with the cherries!
2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
1 cup dried tart cherries
¾ cup chopped walnuts
1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chunks
Recipe courtesy of SturgeonBay.net.
Photo courtesy of dishmaps.com.