Monday, December 5, 2011

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Black Forest Cookies)

Chocolate dough, chocolate chips and cherries... what a perfect combination!

These cookies are fluffy, but still fudgy and delicious. I've always been a "flat" cookie maker, and I like the tall, dense cookies that some people make.  These are a winner for me, and I will continue to use this technique by adding a couple teaspoons of cornstarch to the dry ingredients.  I was very impressed with what it did to the texture and the height of these cookies.

This recipe was so very loosely adapted from a "Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe, but I made it chocolate and cherry! If you really wanted to make it more decadent, a little drizzle of melted white chocolate would be tasty and pretty too.


Makes about 30 large cookies
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract, cherry extract or Kirsch Cherry Brandy
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.  Mix in flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks and cherries.

Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes, they won't look done, but take them out anyway, do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.

Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Try not to eat them all.

Here's some more cookie recipes from my blog.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread- Millionaire's


  1. I guess you could call these Black Forest Cookies. What a treat!

  2. I was searching for the perfect name... Black Forest Cookies is it. I may have to add that in as a 'key' word... Thanks Paula!

  3. Hi Piper - love these cookies! And I like your addition of cornstarch...I'll be trying that since I like dense cookies.

    You have a lovely blog!

  4. I just love the addition of cherries. What a treat!