Last Sunday, I dropped an old friends and his mom invited me some chocolate chip cookies that she had just made. Although I do not have a sweet tooth, I immediately loved it very much for its special flavor. It was so good tasting that I begged her for this incredible recipe. This one has a unique and impressed name: Black Forest Chocolate Chip Cookies. I bought all of things I needed on the way home. Main ingredients include all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, baking soda, especially bittersweet chocolate and cherries. As soon as I got home, I started to make the first cookies in my life. Because I had no experience, I was very disappointed with my first results. They looked like odd pieces with awry shape and crumbly form. After reading the recipe for many times, I tried to follow every step. I weighed each ingredient to get an exact quantity. I blended the mixture carefully and savored it until it seemed to be perfect. Thanks God, the second time they came out great. Until now, I have made it several times and got wonderful cookies. I was also confident enough to make some my changes and they tasted just as good. I cannot wait to send them to my parents for Christmas. Perhaps they would amaze at awesome cookies. Two day ago, some friends came by my home and I served them these cookies. I was very happy because of their compliments. They even asked me to prepare these cookies for our upcoming party. I highly recommend this recipe and want to share it with other moms or cooking lovers. You would fell in love with it even when you just taste first bite. Try it and you will not be regretful. Here is my homemade chocolate chip cookies recipe.
The term “black forest” refers to the chocolate and cherries in to batter, a flavor combination taken from the classic German Black Forest cake. Kirsch is an eau de vie made from ripe cherries that are crushed, pressed, fermented, and distilled. It is used here to plump the dried cherries, making these very adult cookies.
- 1 1/3 cups dried tart cherries, chopped
- 1/2 cup kirsch
- 2 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups bittersweet chocolate chunks, about 15 ounces
First, combine chopped cherries and kirsch in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high power for 1 minute. Allow to sit for 15 minutes for kirsch to permeate the cherries. Alternatively, combine in a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, then remove from heat to soak while you prepare the dough. This plumps and flavors the cherries.
Next, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium-size bowl.
After that, in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, and scraping down bowl once or twice. Beat in extracts, then eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl. Add about one-third of flour mixture and mix on low speed. Gradually add remaining flour mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and cooled, plumped cherries, including up to 1 tablespoon of any remaining liquid, discard the rest. Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough 2 hours or overnight.
Then, preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Finally, drop chilled dough by generously rounded tablespoon 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake until edges and tops just begin to turn light golden brown, about 12 minutes. These will be thin and somewhat delicate. Place sheets on racks to cool cookies completely.
Black Forest Chocolate Chip Cookies