Sunday, April 28, 2013

Black forest cookies

Black forest cookies / Cookies floresta negra

Years ago, when I started using American recipes in my kitchen, one thing I really wanted to try making was chocolate chip cookies: they're not part of our food culture and there were two store-bought versions - one was nice, but very expensive, and the more affordable one was on the dry side. Now that I have made my share of chocolate chip cookies with great success - they're infinitely better than the store-bought ones - I love trying variatons like this, with the addition of dried cherries: they add a chewy tang to the classic cookies. Really, really good.

Black forest cookies
slightly adapted from the absolutely gorgeous Annie Bell's Baking Bible (I bought mine here)

1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
½ cup (113g/1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar
¼ cup (44g) light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
50g dried cherries
150g dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until light and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in the cherries and the chocolate.
Roll 2 leveled tablespoons of dough per cookie into balls and place 5cm (2in) apart onto prepared sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until pale gold all over, but slightly darker around the edges.
Loosen the cookies straight away, then leave to cool completely on the sheets.

Makes 25-30


Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

I love chocolate with cherries, what tempting cookies!

Nickki said...

They look absolutely gorgeous, cherries and chocolate are a wonderful combination. I have and love Annie Bell's baking bible so I'll make these cookies this week :-)

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen said...

Your cookies look so yummy! Such pretty photos too!

martina said...

what a lovely idea... cherry and chocolate is to die for and put that in a cookie...very clever! I'm always surprised how much chocolate you can fit in cookies like these! yum

Unknown said...

I love Black Forest cake, so I'm sure these are right up my alley! I need this cooling rack too! I love it:)

lisa is cooking said...

I love the combination of chocolate and cherries. These cookies would make a perfect snack today!

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