Thursday, March 13, 2008

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
From The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Refrigeration time: at least 4 hours (could be overnight or even frozen)
Bake time: 15 minutes

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg, at room temperature
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup semi-sweet (58%) chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried sour cherries


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

2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars 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 n three batches, mixing until incorporated after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries down the sides of the bowl.

4. Refrigerate the dough for a few hours until firm.

5. Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and divide it in half. Roll out into 2 uniform logs about 12” long. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate again until firm enough to slice. (I left mine overnight). The book suggests at least 1 hour. At this stage you could wrap the log again in foil and freeze for up to 1 month.

6. Place one rack in the top third and one in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350°F/180°C. Line the bottom of 2 rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the slices 1½” apart.

7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the dough looks just bake . Don’t over bake, the cookies should be tender. (I switched positions half-way). Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cookies cool for a few minutes before eating.


Ms.B said...

I have been seearching for this recipe. Sweet Melissa's in Brooklyn always runs out of these!

Ruth Daniels said...

Glad I could be of help. And obviously, you should buy the book. There are a lot of other recipes of her shop favorites.

Valerie said...

Those look SO amazing. I've copied them to make soon and now I'm off to explore more recipes on your blog.