Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cherry chocolate chip cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies

Last month I decided to spend one of my days off watching movies. Joao was at work, so I could rent all the wacky films I love so much without him giving me the “I-married-an-alien” look. :)

After staring at the store shelves for quite a while I came to the conclusion that none of those new movies appealed to me. I ended up renting older movies and what a great thing that was – Ryan Gosling saved my afternoon.

That trip to the video store inspired my following baking session – after going through recently saved/bookmarked recipes, I chose one I’d printed over a year prior to that day: Nemmie’s great cookies.

Cherry chocolate chip cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies

3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
¾ cup (132g) packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (350g) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (130g) tart dried cherries, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract. Blend until incorporated.

Add the sifted dry ingredients, the chocolate chunks, and cherries and mix in slow speed just until incorporated. Make balls with 1 ½ tablespoons of dough and place on prepared sheets, 5cm (2in) apart. Slightly flatten the balls and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden in the bottoms. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

I halved the recipe and got 24 cookies

19 comments:

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

How funny. I wonder how many of us have a pile of DVD's that our husband's role their eyes at.

They look like great cookies.

Elle said...

chocolate and cherry were just made to be with each other, don't you think? It's one of my all time favorite combinations!

Snooky doodle said...

Ha I don't have any dvd ! my boyfriend soesn t like romantic commedies so i just don t rent them or watch them when i m alone. These cookies would be a nice treat to eat while watching one of theose movies :)

Snooky doodle said...

Ha I don't have any dvd ! my boyfriend soesn t like romantic commedies so i just don t rent them or watch them when i m alone. These cookies would be a nice treat to eat while watching one of theose movies :)

Terry B said...

Yeah, Patricia, married couples have some overlap in their film tastes, but also vast areas we only explore when the other is away. The cookies sound wonderful! Tart dried cherries are so versatile to work with, aren't they? I've used them to liven up a pork tenderloin, and Marion makes a delicious frangipane pear and cherry cake with them.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I just love dried tart cherries paired with chocolate. These sound like perfect cookies to indulge in, paired with a favorite movie.

sunita said...

Great cookies Pat...I haven't made some for a while now...the kids have been reminding me :-)

Abby said...

I've made Martha Stewart's version of these - very yummy. Chocolate and cherries were made for each other!

I like "depressing" movies according to Brad. HA.

Passionate About Baking said...

Mamma mia...there you go again with more yummy cookies Pat. I really have catching up to do. I do however have a precious bag of tart cherries that a friend got from the UK, & these seem to be the answer! Hugs

aleta meadowlark said...

Ooo! I don't care much for chocolate, but variations on chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favourite. Thanks for an awesome idea!

Deborah said...

I was just reading another blog that used dried cherries for a dessert - I think I need to get some now!

Pam said...

I think that I may everything in my pantry to make these!!

Cynthia said...

Pat, Happy New Year to you and the family.

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Another delicious cookie! I love incorporating little surprises in my chocolate chip cookies. Sounds like a perfect combination.

debt relief said...

I've had a million chocolate chip cookies but never cherry chocolate chip. It does not sound very good but my taste buds would probably enjoy them.

debt relief said...

I've had a million chocolate chip cookies but never cherry chocolate chip. It does not sound very good but my taste buds would probably enjoy them.

Sarah said...

Mmmm. I saw those on Nemmie's blog, too, and knew I would have to try them some day. This just brings that feeling right back up.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Amanda, it's a girl's thing, I guess. :D
Thank you!

Elle, I agree with you 100%! :D

Natalie, my husband falls asleep in the couch. :D

Terry, they are versatile and I love their tartness.

Lynn, they do go really well with chocolate, my friend.

Sunita, you should make some for them, darling! :D

Abby, I agree with you!

Deeba, the ones I used were a gift, too, because I can't find them here.

Aleta, tks for stopping by!

Deb, it's a sign! :D

Pam, go ahead, sweetie! :D

Cynthia, thank you, my dear! To you, too!

Lisa, these were really good. :D

Sarah, I think you would like these!

kickpleat said...

These look so good! I love anything with dried cherries...though, I'd add some chopped roasted nuts because I think nuts should be in every cookie!

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