Kind of like a black forest cake in one bite.
These cookies are soft and chewy, chocolatey and cherry with a light dusting of white icing sugar on top. They take about 20 min total if you've done this kind of thing before and a bit more if you are sloppy in the kitchen. Total baking time 12 - 15 min! Makes more than 3 dozen little cookies =;)
Since many of you have tried these and some have asked for the directions..... I'm going to give it here for future reference. I will be making them as I write this to bring them to a solstice pot luck at Motion Gallery tonight!
What you will need to make them:
A large bowl,
a silicone spatula or wooden spoon,
a small wire sifter,
measuring cups (1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1 cup)
and measuring spoons (1/2 tsp ands 1 tsp)
An oven set to 380 degrees (180 C.)
Baking sheets with parchment paper
1/3 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter
1 cup sugar*
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder
1 & 1/2 cup all purpose powder (sifted if needed)
1 tsp. Baking powder (NOT baking soda boys!)
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup or about 150g of coarsely chopped dark bakers chocolate
1/3 cup of dried cherries** (mine were given to me by Richard Reeves from Creston B.C.)
1/3 cup maraschino cherries** and 1 tsp of their juice
Enough sifted icing sugar to coat (say 1/2 cup)
*You can use your own sweetener mix if you don't want to use pure sugar using maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, agave nectar, stevia etc.
** If you don't have either of these cherries, you can use other dried fruit or use candied cherries from the super market.
1) Prep your space:
Lay out parchment on a few baking sheets and turn on your oven to 380 F (180 C.)
2) Get out a large bowl and mix 'wet' ingredients:
Mix together the room temp butter, the eggs, sugar/sweetener and vanilla together.
3) Blend in the dry ingredients:
Put a sifter over the bowl and blend in the cocoa powder, flour baking powder and salt
Chop the chocolate chunks and cherries and add to the cookie dough until evenly distributed.
Roll in your hands small balls just over an inch big or use a small scoop, try to make them all the same so they cook for the same amount of time.
5) Coat in icing sugar:
Toss the cookie dough balls into the sifted icing sugar to coat.
Place the balls evenly spaced on the cookie sheets and bake for 12 - 15 min.
7) Meanwhile while cookies are baking, clean up!
9) Eat, share & enjoy ! ! !