Saturday, June 5, 2010

DRIED CHERRY-BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

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These were supposed to be “Nantucket Cookies,” made with white chocolate chips or chunks and dried cranberries, and sprinkled with flakes of sea salt.  I skipped the salt, used chopped bittersweet chocolate and dried cherries and called it a day.  And what a day it was!  A delicious one to be sure.  I highly recommend these, though I must say they are extremely rich.001
Cherry-Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Adapted from “Salty Sweets” by Christie Matheson
Rating:  9 out of 10
PRINTABLE RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:  2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. fine sea salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened slightly
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup dried sweetened tart cherries
1 cup good-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Heat oven to 375F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with sugars and vanilla on low speed till combined.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Slowly add flour mixture to bowl, beating on lowest speed after each addition.  Stir in cherries and chocolate pieces.  Use an ice cream scoop or two spoons to drop balls of dough (about 2 Tbsp. each) onto prepared baking sheets. 

Bake 8-10 minutes, until set and just golden.  Let cookies cool on baking sheets for a minute, then transfer  to wire rack to cool completely.  Yield:  About 30 cookies (yield will be dependent upon size of cookie).   
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11 comments:

Von said...

Yumm! The chocolate and cherry combination sounds delicious! And I love the texture of the cookie....now I"m craving for homemade choc chip cookies! I haven't had one for so long.......

Sophie said...

Waw,...Judy!!
I so love the cherry & chocolate combination in here!!

They look brilliant!

Janice said...

Oh Judy, you shouldn't have! I'm trying to lose a few pounds and cookies are off the menu, these look fantastic.

Barbara Bakes said...

Definitely my kind of cookie - loaded with goodies.

Kerstin said...

Cherries remind me of summer, so these sound particularly tasty right now - yum!

Linda said...

These look so good, and what a great combo. I would probably be a bad girl and go ahead with the sea salt--I seem to be on a kick lately. ;)

Kathleen said...

This cookies look really yummy!

theUngourmet said...

Oh goodness, do these look scrumptious! I just love cherry and chocolate together! :)

pigpigscorner said...

These look so good with all the berries!

Katrina said...

The tart cherries with chocolate--added to a cookie--even better!

chefany said...

Oh Yeah...now that's what I am talking about! cherries and chocolate.... ummmmmm