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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Yield:
Makes 36
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (21)

58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
10/02/2014
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.
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2013
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.
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04/12/2012
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?
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2011
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.
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12/09/2011
I made these for our annual Cookie Exchnage - super yummy !! Made them smaller, and got about 5 dozen.
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03/01/2011
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02/26/2011
These cookies are my favorite indulgence! If you love dark chocolate you will LOVE these cookies. I think they are best slightly underbaked.
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08/17/2010
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!
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03/29/2010
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.
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03/09/2010
Cranraisins can be used in this recipe also....They add a special "tang"....
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03/09/2010
Can I make these cookie with the cherries? Thanks Deborah
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03/09/2010
These really are delicious but could use some kind of frosting or glaze to finish it off. What would you suggest?
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06/19/2009
Delicious!! I've made these twice. They are very easy. Thanks for the hint about the cherries at Targets. Good buy. Carolfran
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04/24/2009
Absolutely delicious, and super easy. Wouldn't change a thing.
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04/22/2009
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.
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04/21/2009
Target has bags of dried cherries for under $3 and they are delicious!
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12/12/2008
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.
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12/11/2008
brooklyngirl1, look for dried cherries in the same area where you find raisins and currants.
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07/04/2008
Sound delicious! Where do I find dried cherries?
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06/28/2008
Fantastic! Delicious! Goes great with a glass of cold milk.
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02/15/2008
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)