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Author Notes: Until I was 30, or maybe it was 40, I loved very chocolaty desserts that oozed chocolate or exploded chocolate. I though chocolate fountains were a not-bad idea. But lately I've hankered for a more subtle relationship to chocolate. This cookie is a densely cakey one, on the not -too-sweet side; black pepper and dried cherries, as well as a bit more salt than usual, seem to make grownups more aware of the chocolate's charms. This means you don't go into a coma if you eat more than one. Add a few extra chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) if you have kids around. —ENunn
Serves 4-5 dozen
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups chopped dried cherries
- 8 ounces butter, softened
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup whole milk,
- 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate chips
- Position oven rack in top third of oven; preheat to 350. Lightly grease a cookie sheet, or use a Silpat mat. In a small bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, cocoa; whisk until thoroughly mixed. Stir in chopped dried cherries. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together butter and white sugar on medium speed until fluffy; beat in brown sugar, egg; continue beating until well blended.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, 1/3 at a time, blending thoroughly with each addition. Stir in chocolate chips/pieces by hand. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour, at least.
- Form dough into 1 -inch balls (about a heaping tablespoon) and place on cookie sheet (one dozen should fit); press down to flatten, since cookies won't spread much. You want small cookies, here. Bake 12 minutes; cool on cookie sheet.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chocolate Cookie