Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012
I have to admit when I saw the name of this cookie I was intrigued. I’ve had Black Forest cake and cupcakes and Black Forest desserts before. I’ve heard of Black Forest pies and cheesecakes. Ah! But now, Black Forest Cookies! Yum. I love chocolate, and I love cherries - put them together in a cookie and voila! Marvelous!
This is a super easy cookie to put together and in no time you have a delicious cookie ready to take to holiday parties, potlucks, or wherever you need a quick and easy dessert. This cookie would also be good for Valentine’s Day as it is so festive with its red cherries. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate and cherries? Throw in a few pecans and you have a wonderful treat your whole family will enjoy.
This recipe is adapted from Ocean Spray Cranberries and well worth a try. The only difficulty I ran into was melting the chocolate chips in the microwave and even on the stove. I even used a name brand – Nestle’s! I ended up melting them on top of the stove with about 4 tbsp. butter. This recipe probably would be easier if you just substituted cocoa powder for that part of the recipe, but it is delicious nonetheless. While this recipe calls for dried cherries, when I make them for next holiday season, I’m going to use candied cherries instead and see how they turn out. I think this recipe would also work with regular maraschino cherries.
If you’re looking or a delicious cookie recipe with tastes that remind you of Black Forest Cake, give this one a try. It’s wonderful.
Black Forest Cookies are luscious, scrumptious, amazing!
This stack shows the delicious chocolate chips, pecans, and dried cherries in each cookie.
These cookies were well received at the places we distributed them this year!
This picture shows the delicious cherries in these Black Forest Cookies.
Here you can see some of the chocolate chips have melted somewhat making this cookie very lush and decadent.
Everyone who tastes one of these jewels will surely want more!
Yum, yum! Doesn’t this picture make you want to eat one right now?
Here’s what I did.
Melt part of the chocolate chips. I tried this in the microwave to no avail so I put them in a small saucepan and tried melting them. They were very grainy and not melting well so I finally added butter to smoothen them out a little. I may consider adding about a half cup of cocoa next time and using all of the chocolate chips in the batter without any being melted!
Soften butter. Again, this is a double batch of cookies so the ingredient amounts will be more than for a single batch.
Add brown sugar.
Add baking powder.
Here I’ve added butter to try to get the chocolate chips to melt down evenly.
This was the best I could do without adding another 1/4 cup of butter. I didn’t want that much oil in the recipe so I went with it like this.
Add chocolate to other ingredients in mixing bowl.
Mix all the ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth. This is what that looks like.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies and any baked good or noodles.
Add chocolate chips.
Add dried cherries and pecans. Sometimes I have my hands stirring so many pots that I forget to take pictures. Here I’ve forgotten to take a picture of me tossing in the pecans! Sorry!
Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. If you use an electric mixer to stir the final ingredients it toughens baked goods.
Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on sprayed sheets.
Press dough down with fork in criss-cross fashion.
Here’s a look at these delicious cookies.
Here’s a close up of one hot out of the oven.
Here’s another pan from the oven.
You can tell that some of the chocolate chips melt slightly while baking giving the cookie a luscious, scrumptious taste. Take along a bucket of these goodies to your neighbors for them to enjoy!
Oh, yum! What else can you say?
I’m reserving a plate for you!
Your kids and family will love these tasty treats.
Here’s the recipe.
BLACK FOREST COOKIES
(Recipe adapted from Ocean Spray Cranberries)
1 (11.5-ounce) package milk chocolate morsels, divided use
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp. butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens cookies)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 (6-ounce) package dried cherries
1 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350º F. Pour 3/4 cup morsels into a small saucepan with 2 tbsp. butter. Heat over low heat until chocolate dissolves and melts. Set remaining morsels aside. Cool melted chocolate slightly. Mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, melted chocolate chips and baking powder with an electric mixer. Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour, remaining chocolate chips, dried cherries and pecans. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheets or ones sprayed with cooking spray. Using a fork press cookies down in criss-cross fashion slightly before baking. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set to the touch. For a firmer cookie bake for 14 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
NOTE: I had trouble melting the chocolate chips. I may consider substituting a half cup cocoa and using all the chips in the batter next time.
These are great for holiday baking or Valentine’s Day. Because you can find these ingredients all year long you can make these cookies any time you get the urge!
Are you ready to sink your teeth into these amazing goodies?
I love the look of the melted chocolate chips in these cookies! Each bite is so yummy.
Go ahead and sample one!
Watch the mad scramble for one of these goodies!
You may also like these delicious cookies:
- Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies (piewithsparkles.com)
- Christmas Cookies – Triple Chocolate M&M Cookies (jackielopina.wordpress.com)
- Cookie day 2012 (fabulousfamilyfood.wordpress.com)
- Angel Sugar Cookies for the Angels of Sandy Hook Elementary (andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.wordpress.com)
- C is for Cookie! (planetmarsz.wordpress.com)
- Easy, Yummy and Fun! 10 Kid-Friendly Cookie Recipes – Recipes From The Kitchn (thekitchn.com)