COOKIE WEEK: Black Forest Brownie Cookies
Cherry-filled, fudge brownie bites!
Welcome to Day 2 of our 3rd Annual Cookie Week!
Today we are turning the iconic Black Forest Cake into a decadent cookie. These fudgy cookies have a texture similar to brownies. Still a bit warm from the oven, the gooey centers ooze melted chocolate.
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One of my favorite family holiday recipes is my mom’s white chocolate cherry cookies. I set out to make a decadent chocolate version, landing on these Black Forest inspired ones.
Black Forest Cake, or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is named after the sour cherry brandy that is distilled in southwestern Germany. The Black Forest is the largest continuous forest in the mountain region of that part of the country.
While a traditional Black Forest contains layers of Kirsch-soaked chocolate sponge, cherry filling, and whipped cream frosting, these cookies borrow the cherries and fold them into a rich brownie batter.
Often when we bake with dried fruit, it is important to plump and rehydrate it. For the cherries, I let them sit in a bath of warm apple juice and Kirsch. Each bite of cookie has a bit of tangy, boozy cherry that pairs nicely with deep, dark chocolate.