Thursday, May 27, 2010

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

So last weekend I bought lots cherries at a farmstand in Sonoma County. I wasn't sure what I would do with them, but I didn't have to think very long since they disappeared quickly. I intend to get more at the Farmer's Market this week, but in the meantime I'm planning on making these Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies. I always have dried cherries on hand (they keep very well in the refrigerator), and the following recipe is fabulous. What could be better than chocolate, cherries and wine! This is a recipe adapted from one I found on the Foodnetwork.com. It will be a huge hit at your Memorial Day BBQ or any time. As always, use the very best chocolate!

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
 
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup good quality dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick sweet butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract
1/2 cup dry red wine, Zinfandel (I've used Cabernet and Merlot)
10 ounces dark chocolate (85% cacao--the best you can find), broken into chunks
1- 1/4 cup dried tart cherries (unsweetened are more tart but use what you have)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
2. In a bowl of an electric mixer, or with a handheld mixer, combine butter and sugars until fluffy.
3. Add egg, vanilla, and wine and combine.
4. Slowly in batches add the flour mixture until just combined.
5. Fold in the chocolate and cherries.
6. On a nonstick cookie sheet, place a heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie about 2 inches apart from each other.
7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until tops are still soft looking but edges look firm.
8. Let cool on sheet for 5-8 minutes.

2 comments:

browniegirl said...

Scrumptious sounding biscuits. I dont think we can get dried cherries in South Africa. What would you suggest using in place of? Thank you so much xx

Janet Rudolph said...

Do you have dried blueberries? They would be great, too, or even dried cranberries. Let me know what you try. Of course, you can always substitute nuts, but that's a totally different cookie :-)