Black Forest Cookies

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins

These rich, chewy cookies were inspired by black forest cake, a classic German dessert that combines chocolate and cherries.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed dark-brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 package (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks

  • 1 ½ 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.

Cook's Notes

Try tart dried cherries in place of raisins in other baking recipes.

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