Cabernet Cherry Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Developed by Justin Warner, Chef/Owner of Do or Dine and Season 8 Winner of The Next Food Network Star

Serves: About 24 Cookies

Pair alongside Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

"I'm completely obsessed with no-bake cookies. I love that they can be borderline savory, and dangerously close to healthy. Integrating Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet-stewed cherries in to the mix seems like just the right amount of indulgence for the holidays." - Justin Warner

Ingredients for the Dish
1 ¼ cup Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup dried cherries
12 oz granola
11.5 oz milk chocolate morsels
1 ½ tsp salt

For the Cookies
In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, cook the wine and cherries until the cherries soak up a lot of the wine, 6-10 minutes. Be very careful, as the wine/cherries mix can ignite. Just relax and don't put your face over the pot.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the cherries, granola, salt and morsels. Stir until evenly dispersed. Microwave at half power in one minute intervals, stirring between intervals, until the chocolate is melted and the whole kit is gooey and you want to eat it with a spoon. This shouldn't take more than 2-3 minutes if the cherry/wine combo was still hot when you added it. Using gloved hands, form the mix in to cookie shapes, and place on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Pour a glass of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet.

Devour cookies.

 

 

 

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