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Dehydrated Cookies? Really?? 
Jul. 9, 2010 6:52 am 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2010 8:38 am
That's what I wondered, so I decided to give them a try.
Here's the play by play...

First you have to blanch the almonds. This isn't part of the recipe, but I never seem to have the blanched variety on hand. Just pour boiling water over them, let them sit for one minute, then drain and rinse in cold water until cool. The skins slip off easily. Tip: rinse them often to keep them wet. It takes a while to skin them, and if they dry during that time, the skins don't come off as easily.
After blanching, the almonds should be soaked in water overnight.
It's amazing just how much water they absorb during this process.

The recipe didn't say anything about draining them, but I
drained them and placed them on paper towels. In
retrospect, I wish I'd have let them air dry even longer.
The recipe calls for coarsely grinding the almonds. I did.
 I think they should have been a little finer. Hindsight is 20/20.

Here is one day's yield from my berry patch. I reuse the packaging from purchased blueberries  -
works great and lets just enough air circulate around the berries.

Though the recipe didn't say to hull the berries, I thought
it would be a good idea. :)
It did say to dice the berries. I diced the berries.

The raisins only have to soak for five minutes in
boiling water. Here they are at the beginning of
the 5 minutes...
And here they are at the end of the five minutes.
Don't they look fuzzy? They weren't.

Here they are diced.

All the chopped up ingredients are placed in a bowl...
...and mixed well. The raisins stick together some.

The recipe calls for placing the mixture right on the trays
of the dehydrator. My mixture seemed kind of loose,
and those holes looked kind of big to me.
I cut parchment paper to fit and poked it full
of holes to allow the air to circulate.

The recipe just said to place spoonfuls of the "dough" onto the trays.
I used a small cookie scoop for this job.

It took two trays. I was only making half the recipe.

The lid went on. Eight hours later I switched the trays.

This recipe calls for 24 hours of dehydrating. Maybe the "cookies" are supposed to be bigger, I don't know. Mine were done in about 12 or 13 hours.

Do I like them? I'm not really sure. Mostly what I seem to taste is raisins that taste almost burnt from being overly dried out. Will I make them again? Probably not. It was an interesting idea, and I'll try almost anything - once. 

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Jul. 9, 2010 7:00 am
thanks for sharing...very interesting...
Jul. 9, 2010 7:03 am
That is interesting. I don't care for raisins, so these would be wasted on me...but I love dried cranberries. They might be fun to play with. The concept is cool!
Jul. 9, 2010 7:13 am
I just wanted to comment on that bounty of strawberries!! What a great picture, it makes my mouth water.
Jul. 9, 2010 9:14 am
very interesting-I may try them for summer snacks once my strawberries start-good harvest of them BTW.
Jul. 9, 2010 4:31 pm
Interesting concept! I have never seen anything like it.
Jul. 9, 2010 8:47 pm
You are such a trooper! I love your spirit of adventure. I would have been put off by the title. Dehydrate and cookie just don't strike my mind well together. Thanks for experimenting!
Jul. 9, 2010 9:26 pm
Yes, it was an adventure. Actually the title of the recipe is "Fresh Strawberry Cookies". Yes, they're weird. :)
Jul. 20, 2010 8:38 am
this is a even better cookie it has honey in it. it is out of this world
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
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I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
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I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
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I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
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The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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