Cherries and chocolate are a perfect food combination. The tanginess and sweetness of the cherries combined with dark chocolate is one of my favorite desserts. I had never tried making a cherry and chocolate cookie before and when I came across a recipe for this cookie I knew I had to try it. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but the chips can easily be substituted for chocolate chunks from a good chocolate bar. The recipe begins as a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe which is very easy to throw together. The steps that deviate from that recipe comes from adding the cocoa powder and the dried cherries. I like chocolate chip cookies to be crispy on the outside and chewy/soft on the inside and these were pretty much the perfect texture in every way. The tangy cherries and chocolate were perfectly balanced. I’m sure you could exchange the dried cherries for some other dried fruit that pairs well with chocolate so I can’t wait to play around more with this recipe!
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Makes about 1 1/2 dozen Cookies)
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in another bowl.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
- Mix in the chocolate and the cherries.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon on un-greased baking sheets.
- Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 12 minutes.