Black Forest Cookies

I pay my rent in cookies. After college, I moved home again to save money and be very close to both my job and my family. And seeing as my parents are such great roommates/landlords/friends and taste testers, it was a great choice. And they let me pay my rent in baked goods. I try to make sure that the kitchen is well stocked with homemade cookies for my dad, and healthy nut butters for my mom. They are quite the duo, aren’t they? These delightfully chocolate filled cookies are inspired by some memories of my dad. When we were little he would take us on “bike rides” on summer nights…which really meant we were going out for ice cream. I would often choose something like Cookie Dough or Moosetracks and think I was “oh so sophisticated” because I was not going for the little kid choice of Superman. I was a food snob even then. My dad, on the other hand would almost always get Black Forest Ice Cream. Vanilla ice cream with cherries and chocolate. It looked gross through my 6-year-old eyes, but after tasting these ice cream inspired cookies, I realized my dad had been right all along. Cherries & semi sweet chocolate are a dynamic duo. So here’s to my dad. Because he’s great for a number of reasons…one of them being his ability to recognize ice cream flavors with fantastic cookie flavor potential.

P.S. I used Hershey’s Chocolate “Chunks” which are just bigger chocolate chips…because why wouldn’t you want MORE chocolate when given the chance? But don’t fret, regular sized chocolate chips will work just fine as well, just in case you were wondering. Ok, go bake!

Ingredients: makes 24 cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate “chunks”, divided
  • 1/2 cup, 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries


  1. Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. In the meantime, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chunks in a microwave safe bowl, set aside
  3. Next, cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl
  4. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla & melted chocolate into butter mixture
  5. Slowly add in flour mixture until well incorporated
  6. Stir in dried cherries and additional 1 cup of chocolate chunks
  7. Spoon batter unto greased cookie sheets in tablespoon sized spoonfuls
  8. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes

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