There are three men in my life that I absolutely adore; the Butcher, the Fabricator and the Automobile Maker. And yes, maybe I’ll write a nursery rhyme about it one day. The Butcher is of course the Farmer, the Fabricator is the Farmer Sr. and the Automobile Maker is Papa. They are always on my mind and I love to do little things for them to just make them smile. This is usually some form of baking since they all have a soft spot for something delightful like buns, apple pie or chocolate cake.
Here they are on a fishing trip this past summer when Papa caught a record size salmon, 31 pounds! The Farmer caught the biggest ling cod and the Farmer Sr. caught the biggest halibut on the trip too. I was so proud of them I could have spit.
Today is Papa’s birthday and I adore him. He is everything a Dad should be and more; he is my hero and I am just so lucky to be his daughter. His favourite is Black Forest Cake but I found out this morning that Nana already beat me to it (drat and blast) so I had to make him something else… Papa loves cookies so I thought, why not Black Forest Cookies? I took my favourite double chocolate chip cookies and just added dried cherries. Mind blown.
Start out mixing together your dry ingredients in one bowl.
Mix your butter/margarine, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla in the mixer (by the way, if you don’t have a mixer, don’t count yourself out, get out a bowl and a spoon and use some elbow grease to get it going, I did it for years).
Add the eggs and keep beating it until it gets nice and fluffy like so.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and watch the chocolate magic happen.
Fold in your chocolate chips. I used a mixture of semi-sweet chips and milk chocolate chunks for two different flavours but you could also use white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks, any combo of chocolate is good. I don’t discriminate.
Drop them by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper (also not a big deal if you don’t have it, just cooks them a little more evenly and makes cleanup easier) and add two dried cherries to the top. I contemplated putting cherries in the mix but decided to just put them on top in the end. Next time I’ll try them in the batter.
Bake in 350F oven for 7-9 minutes. Keep your eye on them since they can burn easily. While they’re baking, lick out the bowl. And spoon. And beaters.
7-9 minutes might seem like a long time but when you’re trying to get every last bit of batter off the spoon, bowl and beater, it goes by really fast. Before you know it, the cookies are done!
Black Forest Cookies
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar, packed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips/chunks (or a mixture to equal 1 & 1/2 cups)
1 cup dried cherries
This recipe made me 3 dozen perfect little bites of double chocolate cherry bliss and I had every intention of giving them all to Papa. Then I took them out of the oven and ate 4 so he gets 3 dozen, plus-or-minus. It’s a new baking term I just made up.
Peace, love and chocolate to you, Kim.