Food You Can Eat: Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

This is an easy, forgiving recipe – you can shade the recommended mixing time, substitute ingredients*, and still produce delicious cookies. Keitel says that these are his favorite – but he says that about all the baked goods – he knows to keep the cook happy. One thing not to do is to lift your mixer too high in the bowl – I ended up with dark chocolate splatters all over the counter, dry goods containers, and stove (grrrr). Anyway, yummy cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream 1/2 cup softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes (I did more like 3 minutes, paused for the mixing disaster, then another 1 minute). Beat in 1 egg, 2 tablespoons milk ( I only had half & half, so I used that), and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour, 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 rounded teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix in one bag semisweet chocolate bits or chunks and a small bag of dried cherries, at least 1/2 cup, I used a bit over that.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets covered with parchment paper or lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake until firm, 12-14 minutes. In my elderly oven, 12 minutes was a little soft and 13 was a little long, so I watched the timer and pulled them at 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Cool for 1 minute.

These are extraordinarily rich. Even my son, who thinks he is funny, said “For chocolate spoiled by fruit, these aren’t half bad.”

*I expect that you could substitute milk chocolate or white chocolate bits, or M&Ms, and any soft dried fruit you have on hand.

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  1. hmmmm…. me missus and daughter would probably love these
    me… im not a fan of fruit…or chocolate….. i know i know…. im probably lizard people posing as human
    i just had me sweet tooth pulled okay…. the fruit thing is just me rebelling against having to eat it every damn day when people could tell me what to do
    not like i hate the flavour or anything….

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