Monday, September 7, 2009

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Tomorrow is my first day back at school, and my first day of a new 2 year program that I'm taking (environmental health, which leads to being a public health inspector). I'm not ready to go back! I hope all the students out there have great first days and weeks!


Too bad I don't have any of these cookies left to help me get ready for school. I'm not sure exactly how they'd help me prepare but they are delicious! These double chocolate cherry cookies are so good, so soft, and I think this is the best chocolate cookie dough I've ever had. The dough is rolled into logs, sliced and baked and I love how they're sliced into nice 1 inch thick rounds. Mmmm. Don't slice them any thinner otherwise I don't think you'll get the perfect softness. The only bad thing about these cookies is that they don't freeze very well. An easily forgiveable flaw.


If this sounds good, you might also like:
Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread
Chocolate Chunk Malt Cookies
Intense Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Adapted from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

1 cup all purpose flour (142 g)
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped

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

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, mixing well. Stir in the vanilla.

3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches, mixing just until incorporated after each addition. Stir in the chocolate chips/chunks and cherries. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

4. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and divide it in half. Roll out into 2 uniform logs, about 12 inches long. Wrap the logs in parchment paper or saran wrap. Refrigerate until firm enough to slice - a few hours. (You can freeze the logs tightly wrapped for up to 1 month.)

5. Position a rack in the top and bottom thirds of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.

6. Cut the logs into 1 inch slices and place 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the dough looks just baked. These cookies should be tender, so do not overbake.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 weeks. Do not uncover before defrosting.

29 comments:

Anh said...

These cookies look so excellent and moreish..

Grace said...

eh, so they don't freeze well--all the more reason to eat 'em four or five at a time. :) enjoy the beginning of your school year!

VeggieGirl said...

Hoooooly yum cookies.


Good luck with classes!!!

Jacqueline said...

They look so, so good! i hope getting back into the school year runs smoothly for you :)

Pam Walter said...

I agree...these look like more! I will consider these for my Christmas baking/gift giving. http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

fresh365 said...

Dark chocolate and cherry- can't go wrong! Yum!

Holy Cannoli Recipes said...

These do sound delicious. Cherries are my favorite out of all the dried fruit. I will have to try these some time. Thanks for the recipe!

Vaala said...

Wow! Those cookies look seriously awesome!

bird by bird said...

this has officially been added to the "made these recipes very, very soon" list. thanks! :)

Chef Fresco said...

These look delicious! Almost like mini cakes :)

Teanna said...

OH MY WOW those look SO GOOD. So thick and delicious! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Good luck with school!

Hannah said...

Best wishes for returning to school! Such fantastic cookies should at least ease the transition, right? :)

kickpleat said...

Gah!!! These look so chocolatey a perfect back to school treat (maybe make up another batch?) Yum.

kimberleyblue said...

chocolate and cherries is one of my favourite flavour combinations. these look so good!

Helene said...

Good luck at school. What a treat, they are to die for. :)

delightfullysweet said...

wow these cookies look amazing!

Dana said...

I have a huge bag of dried cherries that is taking us forever to go through. This is a great way to use some of them! Yum!

Ricki said...

How did you not eat the entire batch?? They look amazing. And hope school is going well! :)

Erin said...

I've always thought these would be delicious. They look amazing! Hope school goes well!

CookiePie said...

Chocolate + cherry is one of my all-time favorite combos -- these cookies look amazing!! Must try this recipe.

Jennifer said...

I love dark chocolate and cherries, these sound so amazing! Good luck with school!!

Sam@BingeNYC said...

I need these in my life ASAP. yum yum yum.

Kevin said...

Those cookies look so thick and good! I like using dried cherries in cookies.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Those cookies look gorgeous. I love the choc-cherry combination. YUM!!

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Amazing! I WILL be trying these

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Yum! I must try these. Now! Again, I say, YUM!

The Food Hunter said...

Chocolate and cherries...the perfect combo!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

So dark and yummy!! And with cherries in it too!! Wish I had some!

Vegetation said...

Must.......bake.....cookies!!!!!