My friends Janet and Bob gave me some more cherries from their tree, and I had to find some delicious cherry recipes that would do them justice. These cherries are a bit more tart than I would normally use, but have no fear, I still made them very tasty. They gave me a lot of cherries, so I will be coming up with some more cherry recipes in the near future. Maybe I need to make something savory next time. Hmmmmmm. We’ll just have to wait and see, and I will just have to keep you all guessing a little longer. 🙂
For those of you who know me, or are beginning to learn about me through my posts, you should know by now that when I am cooking, I have a difficult time following a recipe exactly how it is written, except for baking. And I made cookies, which is baking, therefore, I followed this particular cookie recipe exactly. The irony in this, however, is that had I continued to follow this recipe exactly how it was written, I would have ended up with a big, ooey, gooey mess and not delicious cookies. It was only by tweaking the recipe that I was actually able to save it and did not have to throw everything into the trash. Yes, believe it or not, even Jeanne, from “A Jeanne in the Kitchen” has those days too. Fortunately, I can almost always save things before they get to the point of no return though, as I did with these cookies. They are soft cookies, and are a combination of both cookies and brownies. Once again, I started off with a recipe I was following, yet creatively made it my own, although this time it was more out of necessity than by choice. These delicious cookies have the delectable and desirable qualities of both brownies and cookies. It’s hard to stop at just one …. or two, or three.
Jeanne’s Chocolate Cherry Brownie Cookies
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup cherries, pitted and chopped
4 TBSP chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*F
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the egg and mix well. Add the vanilla and about 1/2 the flour mixture. Mix well, then repeat until all the flour is mixed well into the egg, butter and sugar mixture. Then fold in the cherries and the chocolate chips. Once everything is well incorporated, drop about 1 TBSP of dough onto the parchment paper for each cookie. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they are firm. Cool the cookies completely then dust with powdered sugar for decoration, if using.
I actually used two types of cherries. I used the tart cherries from my friends’ tree as well as some leftover bing cherries I had bought earlier.
Before putting the cookies in the oven.
Please feel free to tweak them however they need it, and please let me know how they turned out.