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Black Forest Cookies

These delicious black forest cookies are studded with dried cherries. For the best flavor, use the highest-quality chocolate you can find.

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  • Yield: Makes 36
Black Forest Cookies

Source: Everyday Food


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder; and salt; set aside.

  2. Place chopped chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; whisk in sugars, then eggs, until smooth.

  3. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined (do not overmix). Fold in chocolate chunks and dried cherries; press plastic wrap directly onto surface of dough, and refrigerate until firm, 30 to 45 minutes.

  4. Drop mounds of dough (equal to 2 level tablespoons) about 2 inches apart onto prepared sheets. Bake just until edges are firm (but not darkening), 11 to 13 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Reviews (21)

  • dresdanh 2 Oct, 2014

    I've been making this recipe since it first came out in Everyday Food years ago and I get requests to make more each time. It comes together so easily. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to use good quality chocolate. I once tried it with a lessor quality chocolate and just had to throw the whole batch of cookies away, otherwise it's a very forgiving recipe. I've added nuts, taken out the cherries, increased the chocolate chips and it's still worked.

  • prlgrl 7 Apr, 2013

    This recipe is wonderful - we add about 1 cup more cherries than called for in the recipe because we like a stronger cherry flavor. We also made a batch without the cherries and added 12 oz of peanut butter chips; increased the baking time by 3 minutes...HUGE hit at our house.

  • parrotpickle 12 Apr, 2012

    Did anyone else have trouble with the chocolate seizing in this recipe? I was surprised to find it becoming thick and very crumbly after combining chocolate and dry ingredients. As I added the chocolate & cherries, it got stiffer still. Chilling made it firmer, but did not lessen the crumbliness. I always like it when recipes warn of likely hazards. I'm wondering if this was a wild fluke or something to be very careful about in the future. Any ideas?

  • AAlliston 27 Dec, 2011

    These are excellent and get rave reviews from recipients of my cookie boxes. The secret is the one suggested by another reviewer to soak the cherries in bourbon! Very tasty.

  • Lady Latte 9 Dec, 2011

    I made these for our annual Cookie Exchnage - super yummy !! Made them smaller, and got about 5 dozen.

  • JacquelinB 1 Mar, 2011


  • cclareb 26 Feb, 2011

    These cookies are my favorite indulgence! If you love dark chocolate you will LOVE these cookies. I think they are best slightly underbaked.

  • amt54 17 Aug, 2010

    I soaked the dried cherries in warm bourbon for 20 minutes, drained them well, and added an extra spoonful of flour to make up for the added liquid. Sublime!

  • jeweles95 29 Mar, 2010

    Delicious, very rich triple chocolate cookies. Almost like a brownie with cherries. Be careful not to overcook or I can imagine these would get dry. They'll look undercooked in the center when you pull them out. I used montmorency dried cherries, which are tart and provide a nice contrast to the rich chocolate cookie.

  • merio 9 Mar, 2010

    Cranraisins can be used in this recipe also....They add a special "tang"....

  • DLMueller 9 Mar, 2010

    Can I make these cookie with the cherries?


  • jeannike 9 Mar, 2010

    These really are delicious but could use some kind of frosting or glaze to finish it off. What would you suggest?

  • carolfran 19 Jun, 2009

    Delicious!! I've made these twice. They are very easy. Thanks for the hint about the cherries at Targets. Good buy.

  • justchocolate 24 Apr, 2009

    Absolutely delicious, and super easy. Wouldn't change a thing.

  • mattkennedy 22 Apr, 2009

    next to the commends what does Report as inappropriate mean I am not sure I want to make a comment (they would most always be good ones because anything I have made from martha's recipes have always been delicious.

  • PattiA3 21 Apr, 2009

    Target has bags of dried cherries for under $3 and they are delicious!

  • passionatemom 12 Dec, 2008

    Dried cherries are available at Bulk Barn and some health food stores. Be ready to pay $30.00 and up per kg. These cherries are expensive but what a treat.

  • Sleepygal_1948 11 Dec, 2008

    brooklyngirl1, look for dried cherries in the same area where you find raisins and currants.

  • brooklyngirl1 4 Jul, 2008

    Sound delicious! Where do I find dried cherries?

  • bluebonnet100 28 Jun, 2008

    Fantastic! Delicious! Goes great with a glass of cold milk.

  • AileenJ 15 Feb, 2008

    Either use baking sheets with raised edges or be careful taking the sheet out of the oven (parchment paper slid off the 1st sheet, cookies fell off)

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