Saturday, May 21, 2005

Black Forest Cookies

Black Forest Cookies (Adapted from Everyday Food)

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed into small pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, add bittersweet chocolate and cubed butter - heat in microwave using 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Whisk in sugars until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined - fold in semisweet chocolate and dried cherries. Cover bowl and place into the refrigerator until the dough is firm, 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop out dough (about 2 level tablespoons worth per cookie) and drop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Place into the oven and bake just until edges are firm, about 11 to 13 minutes - the cookies may look and feel a little underdone. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool for 4 to 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 32 cookies.

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  1. This is such a great recipe. I actually like making them with the Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips. They don't spread quite as much that way.

  2. Anna - I have a giant bag of those chips that I should make a dent in!

  3. Hello Joe -

    I found still another recipe to save! These cookies certainly look decadent and divine.

    Wonder what I can do with dried cherry substitutes, though - it's not easily available hereabouts. Cashew nuts, probably?

    This is certainly worth a try. I love the amount of chocolate you put in this recipe.

  4. Ron - I'm not sure about cashews in these, but it couldn't hurt to try!