Friday, December 9, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies

I'm getting incredibly excited for Christmas.  Especially the break from work part.  I can't wait to travel up north to a place that actually has a decent chance of having a white Christmas.  Being from Kansas, we rarely had a white Christmas when I was growing up.  In fact, I can only remember one.  I was so excited I got up at about 6am and started shoveling the driveway, just for an excuse to be out in the snow.

But let's talk about cookies.

Okay so it is incredibly difficult to take a good picture of chocolate cookies.  Especially these.  They're just not incredibly photogenic to be honest.

They are, however, delicious despite their looks.

Who doesn't like chocolate, cherries, and walnuts?

No one that I know, that's for sure.

Cricket doesn't seem to mind a little ugly with her cookies.


Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies
 (adapted from joy the baker)

8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cherries

In a double boiler, or in the microwave, gently melt together the chocolate and butter.    Stir until all the chocolate melts.

In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs till they’re thoroughly combined.  Add the melted chocolate mixture, then stir in the remaining ingredients, including the chocolate chips, walnuts and cherries.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoonful onto the cookie sheet and bake fro 11-12 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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