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Saturday, October 20, 2012

chocolate cherry chunk cookies


Generally, my posts are related to saving money, cutting corners, healthier options... Not this one! Oh, my goodness, you must try these cookies. My mum sent me the recipe from who-knows-where a few years ago and I never made them until recently. She was absolutely right. Delicious!

I must confess that I tweaked the recipe oh so slightly. As I type, I can hear my husband's voice echo in my head saying, "surprise, surprise..." He teases that I just can't stick to a recipe as given. It's a long story that goes back to the first time I baked him brownies, and I added "bark" (nutmeg) without warning him before he took a bite. Ha! That was quite a shock to his system, poor love! Anyway, I did change a few things. Firstly, my honey isn't overly thrilled with white chocolate. I think he would actually have preferred I left it out altogether, but instead I reduced the white chocolate to 6 oz and added 4 oz of dark chocolate chunks, to make 10 oz of chocolate instead of 16 oz at the end of the recipe. I also replaced dried cherries with dried cranberries, for a little extra tartness.

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Melt together 1/2 c butter and 4 oz dark chocolate.
Put it in a large bowl.
Beat in 1 1/2 c sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla.

Blend dry ingredients separately.
1 1/2 c flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt.
Add the dry to the wet, to form a stiff, fudge-like dough.

Stir in 16 oz white chocolate chunks and 1 c dried cherries.
(Please note chunks, not chips! Use baking chocolate squares and chop them roughly into large chunks with a knife. Chips are too small for this cookie.)

Bake in cookie size, 1 Tb dropped onto a sheet, for 10 minutes at 350F until they are glossy and cracked. They will not be fully set at the end of this time, but don't bake further. Instead, allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets until they are stable enough to transfer to a rack. (Any remaining dough can be left on the counter. The fridge will set it up too hard, so don't bother chilling the dough while you wait.)

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