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Chocolate Cherry 'Brownie' Cookies

By lenarose027, member

Posted: September 18th, 2011

This is a splendid mixture between a cookie and brownie-- possibly the best two inventions EVER.

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3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1-1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (9 ounces)
2 teaspoons instant expresso powder
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (2-1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar (5-1/4 ounces)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups dried cherries, chopped

1. Melt unsweetened chocolate, bittersweet chips, espresso powder and butter in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of simmering water, stirring frequently, until completely smooth and glossy. Remove bowl from pan and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder together in small bowl. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until very thick and pale, about 4-5 minutes. Add vanilla and beat until incorporated, 20 seconds. Reduce speed to low, add chocolate mixture, and mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.

3. Using large rubber spatula, fold flour mixture and chopped cherries into batter. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes until batter firms up (it will resemble thick brownie batter).

4. While batter is resting, adjust oven racks to middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line three large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using 1 generous tablespoon of batter per cookie, place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets (about 12 per sheet). Bake until cookies are shiny and cracked on top, about 12 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a cooling rack and cool cookies completely on baking sheet.

RECIPE NOTE
1. Cookies will be look soft when done. Do not over-bake or the cookies will be tough and dry.

2. Do not attempt to lift cookies from sheet while they are still warm or else they will fall apart.

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