Friday, December 12, 2008

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

One of my good friends, Jon of Food Fight Blog, recently posted about his mom's famously delicious trifle recipe. If you've never experienced trifle before, I'd highly recommend doing so. His recipe (and the pic!) looks really good! I think it'd be a great dessert to bring to a party - particularly if you're strapped for time.

Trifle isn't the only great holiday dessert in my book, though...and I'm sure many of you agree! Maybe it's the tradition of fruit cake, but something about the holidays makes me love cookies with dried fruit it them even more.

Here is a great cookie recipe that combines the sweet, sultry flavor of cherries with ooey gooey chocolate. Delish, right?? :) What is it about chocolate & cherries that makes you want to cuddle up with that special someone? ;-) Enjoy a little something new in your cookie traditional gift giving basket!

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

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- Ingredients -
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2/3 cup dried tart cherries
3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk or fork. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until combined. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.

Drop 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

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HoneyB said...

The cookies sound awesome!! I love trifle. I usually make an Amaretto Raspberry one in the summertime. Grumpy just LOVES it!

Jennifer said...

Me too! My boss makes this awesome peppermint/chocolate trifle...I need to get the recipe!

Do you have the recipe for your Amaretto Raspberry one? That sounds really good too!

Jessie said...

Oh this sounds great! Dried cherries are one of my favorite dried fruits. Yum.

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

5 Star Foodie said...

Chocolate and cherry are my favorite combination for dessert! These cookies look excellent!

Mary said...

You have such a lovely blog. Your holiday cookie recipes are really beautiful. It's hard to beat the combination of chocolate and cherry.

Helene said...

That's interesting the mix of chocolate and cherries. Probably very good.

Bunny said...

I've never made trifle, I'm going to check his blog out. My hubby would love these cookies, and it goes without saying I would too! YUM!

Maggie said...

These sound wonderful! I'm a big lover of fruitcake but chocolate cherry cookies sound even better.