I once drove through a Minnesota snowstorm, left my car on the side of the road, and hitchhiked in an SUV to eat Black Forest Cookies. They were worth it.
Now, by “side of the road,” I mean legal street-side parking spot, and by “SUV,” I mean my friend with four-wheel drive. We did, however, drive 30 minutes on poorly plowed roads for the sake of a cookie exchange. A group of girlfriends and I had it planned for weeks and nothing, nothing was going to stall our buttery sweet cookie consumption.
I think I’ll mention this story in my next job interview to highlight my ferocious determination when met with a challenge. Also, the sooner your future boss knows how you are motivated (cookies) the better.
Black Forest Cookies—soft chocolate thumbprint cookies with a sweet cherry in the center and thick, fudgy frosting on top—were my friend Lisa’s contribution to our snowmageddon cookie exchange. By my fourth Black Forest Cookie, I was considering entering cookie rehab. The flavor combination of cherry and chocolate, the melt-in-your-mouth soft texture, and the ultra rich fudge frosting stole my cookie-loving heart, and I have been smitten since.
When drafting my “must bake” list for this year’s Christmas cookie assortment, I wrote two recipes at the top in indelible ink: the Andes Mint Cookies I shared last week and today’s Black Forest Cookies. Like Andes Mint Cookies (which are super fluffy sugar cookies with an Andes chocolate mint candy tucked inside), Black Forest Cookies also hide a secret treat beneath their exterior. Sink your teeth through the rich ganache frosting and you will find a lightly sweet, juicy morello cherry. When jarred, morello cherries are similar to maraschino cherries, but darker and much less sweet. I found mine at Trader Joe’s (a 24.7 ounce jar was only $2.39), but if you can’t find morellos, maraschino cherries—which Lisa used in the cookie that inspired today’s recipe—will work just fine. Your final cookie will be sweeter, but your cookie jar will be just as empty at the end of the night.
I also altered the chocolate cookie dough to include Greek yogurt (sour cream works nicely too.) I love the way its tang off-sets the sweetness of the frosting and the fact that it makes the cookies a smidge lighter. For additional depth of flavor, I pumped up the fudge frosting with vanilla extract and instant coffee. (Don’t worry, the frosting doesn’t taste like coffee—the coffee simply intensifies the chocolate’s flavor). I recommend making extra to top your ice cream, smear on your toast, and assuage late-night chocolate emergencies.
For the recipe for Black Forest Cookies: I’m excited to be sharing this recipe on behalf of Imperial Sugar, a brand whose products are receiving quite the workout in my Christmas cookie escapades. You can find the recipe for Black Forest Cookies on Imperial Sugar’s Website.
While you’re over there grabbing the recipe, check out the What’s In Santa’s Bag contest, which runs until December 17th. Name the holiday treat that’s pictured in a close-up photo, and you could win a $100 gift card!
To all who are traveling this holiday: wishing you a smooth journey and joyous arrival. Be sure to obey traffic signs, buckle your seatbelts, and pack an extra-large container of Black Forest Cookies for the ride.
Disclosure: Imperial Sugar compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.