Recipe

Black Forest Cookies: Chocolate and Cherry Cookie

Servings:
12
Total Time:
0
hr
20
min
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These black forest cookies have all of the delicious chocolate and cherry flavor you love in a black forest cake but in an easy to eat cookie. To make it even better, these are completely flourless cookies! If you are looking for chewy chocolate cookies you have to give this recipe a try.

What is a black forest dessert?

Black Forest cake, also known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German, is a classic dessert that originates from the Black Forest region of Germany. It is a layered chocolate cake filled with cherries. It is typically decorated with whipped cream, cherries, and chocolate shavings. The cake is named after the region's specialty liquor, kirsch, which is made from sour cherries and used to soak the cake layers to add flavor and moisture. We don’t use the liquor in the cookies, but the chocolate cherry flavor still comes into play. The Black Forest dessert has become popular around the world, but the classic recipe remains a beloved favorite for its rich, chocolatey flavor and fruity cherry filling.

How to Make Black Forest Cookies

These cookies are flourless and they come together pretty quickly. Here are the main steps in making these chocolate cherry cookies.

  1. Combine the ingredients in a stand mixer and mix for 3 minutes.
  2. Scoop to a lined cookie sheet.
  3. Let the cookie dough balls sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Then bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.

Cookie Ingredients

  • Confectioners Sugar: Also known as powdered sugar, this is a very fine sugar that works great for this cookie. I like to sift the sugar beforehand to make sure there aren’t any large clumps.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You can use regular cocoa powder or Dutch-processed. I like using Dutch processed because it gives the cookies a really rich chocolatey flavor. Dutch-processed cocoa has a deeper, less acidic chocolate flavor. With that said both work great for these cookies.
  • Egg Whites: The egg whites work great to add light and airiness to the cookies. Since these are very dense cookies having the egg white here helps.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: You can use chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks, or you can even chop up a dark chocolate bar. Having the chocolate pieces adds a fun melty texture to the cookies.
  • Dried Cherries: You can use whole or chopped cherries. I also love to get sweetened cherries but unsweetened ones work well here too. I have not tried with fresh cherries so I’m not sure how those would turn out.
Chocolate cherry cookies on a cooling rack.

How to Store Black Forest Cookies

Once your cookies are cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy them within 3 days for the best freshness. you can also store them in the fridge if you want them to last a bit longer.

Tips for the Best Black Forest Cookies

  • Make sure to whip together your ingredients well. Since there is no flour you can't really over-mix the batter.
  • Let the cookies sit out for about 30 minutes before baking. This helps them start to harden on the outside and will give you that nice crackle look on the cookie.
  • Don't over-crowd the cookies. You might need to bake them in batches or use 2 baking sheets.
  • Don't overbake. These cookies may seem very gooey but once they cool they will harden slightly and you want them to still be soft chocolate cookies.
Inside of a black forest cookie.

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Black Forest Cookies: Chocolate and Cherry Cookie

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Servings:
12
Prep Time:
10
min
Cook Time:
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10
min
Total Time:
0
hr
20
min

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until well combined. With the mixer running, slowly add the egg whites and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until the mixture has just slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips and dried cherries.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 3 inches apart. This should make about 12 cookies.
  5. Let the cookies sit out for 30 minutes. This will help them start to form that rust to give them a crinkle look.
  6. Towards the end of the cookies sitting out, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked. Let them cool slightly before moving them to a cooling rack.
  8. Enjoy right away or store your black forest cookies in an airtight container for later!

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