Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

A couple of months ago, I received an advance copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. I had great success with the first recipe I tried and marked several others that I wanted to make.

I recently opened the cookbook again and found these cookies just begging to be made. I’ve baked with dried cherries before, but not of the sour variety. Quinn is a big sour cherry fan. Knowing that, I had bought some dried sour cherries with the intentions of making something specifically for him. With his also loving chocolate, these were just the ticket.

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies are so dark and rich. A must for chocolate lovers!

These cookies are among the darkest, richest chocolate cookies I’ve ever made. If you’ll notice, they are a much darker color than the chocolate chips. In fact, their color is almost black. That should get the attention of just about any dark chocolate lover.

The cherries aren’t that prevalent. If you like more, then definitely add more. Or, if you’re not excited about them, leave them out all together or substitute another dried fruit. I do think that the cherries add an interesting sweet-and-sour flavor to the cookies that we really liked.

Dried sour cherries can usually be found in grocery stores next to the raisins and other dried fruits. As an alternative, they can also be found online at Nuts Online and Oh Nuts, among others.

Sweet Melissa's Dessert Display

Ever since I discovered Sweet Melissa’s talents through this cookbook, I really wanted to visit Sweet Melissa Patisserie in New York. So, on our last trip to our favorite city, we stopped in for lunch in Brooklyn. What a great place! It was a beautiful, if somewhat rainy, day for sitting outside in the garden area. We both enjoyed our lunch, our surroundings, and of course the sweet treats we took with us to indulge in later that day.

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 24 cookies

Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips*
  • 1/3 cup dried sour cherries


Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar about 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add egg and mix well. Stir in vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three portions, mixing each just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries. Refrigerate dough for a few hours until firm.

Place the dough on a clean work surface and divide in half. Roll out into logs about 12 inches long. Refrigerate for about an hour. Dough can be frozen for a month if wrapped well in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets. Cut dough into 1-inch slices. Place cookies 1 & 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cookies look just baked. Do not overbake.


*Sweet Melissa’s recipe specifically indicates using “best-quality” chocolate, in both the chocolate chips and cocoa powder.

Recipe adapted from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book.

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  1. Silvia May 27, 2008 Reply

    Wow look at the dark colour of these stunning! I would love to taste them now!
    A perfect job indeed!
    Always a pleasure cominig here 😀

  2. cindy lester May 27, 2008 Reply

    Dark chocolate is my favorite!! I also like cherries. So this would be a treat! By the way, the cookies look yummy!

  3. Amanda May 27, 2008 Reply

    Lucky guys, getting to go to NYC! The little bakery looks adorable and the cakes look absolutely sensational. What did you guys end up getting there?

  4. Amy May 27, 2008 Reply

    Yum! I might try these with and without the cherries. What’s the texture of the cookie like? Hard to tell since they are so deliciously dark. Chewy? Sandy? Crunchy?

  5. jennifer May 27, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Silvia! It’s always a pleasure to see your kind comments! :-)

    Cindy, you should give them a try!

    Amanda, we got several little things at Sweet Melissa. A madeleine, a pistachio linzer cookie, and a peanut butter/chocolate little slice of sin. 😉

    Amy, these are very soft and chewy. Just like I like them. Let me know what you think if you try them without the cherries.

  6. Nan (and Jim) May 27, 2008 Reply

    Pure chocolate sin. That’s what these are! These cookies pack a punch of chocolate and are so rich and chewy. Thanks for sharing these. Jim took some of them to St. Louis with him, and I don’t think they made it to the state line! Even though I’m not a huge cherry fan, I thought they were wonderful. I guess the cherries add texture and not so much flavor…not sure. Either way you look at it, they were wonderful!

  7. Oh my gosh, this was the wrong time to look at these cookies! I’m so hungry and their dark chocolate color is definitely calling my name… (the dried, sour cherries sound divine.)

  8. Patricia Scarpin May 27, 2008 Reply

    I have been searching for a great recipe to use the cherries I received as a gift from Allen. I think I’ve found it! :)

  9. Joy the Baker May 27, 2008 Reply

    Gorgeous cookies! The dark chocolate is just calling to me!

  10. Kevin May 27, 2008 Reply

    Those look so good! I really like the sound of these chocolate and cherry cookies!!

  11. Chloe May 27, 2008 Reply

    OMG these look wonderful.
    They remind me of Elsylee’s cookies ( & those are amazing. I can’t wait to try these!!!!!!!!

  12. My Sweet & Saucy May 27, 2008 Reply

    I am so jealous! I wish I could’ve been at the bakery with you! Those cookies look amazing too!

  13. Warda May 28, 2008 Reply

    Look at that chocolate color! What brand of chocolate do you use?

  14. jennifer May 28, 2008 Reply

    Nan, I’m glad Jim had some to take on his trip. Road trips just beg for cookies!

    Thanks, Sandie!

    Patricia, I hope you like them!

    Thanks, Joy!

    Kevin, it’s a great combination.

    Chloe, I’ll have to check those out. Thanks!

    My Sweet & Saucy, Sweet Melissa is definitely an enviable experience. 😉

    Warda, I used Schokinag cocoa powder and Guittard chocolate chips.

  15. giz May 28, 2008 Reply

    The combination of chocolate and cherry just makes me weak all over.
    If I ever wanted to be locked over night anywhere it would be Sweet Melissa’s Bakery – can you just imagine the possibilities?

  16. Hillary May 28, 2008 Reply

    I would LOVE to try these! And that bakery looks delicious!

  17. jennifer May 28, 2008 Reply

    giz, I think the most likely possibility is that I would be on sugar overload!

    Hillary, you should try them!

  18. Mandy May 28, 2008 Reply

    just to let you know, your cookies always have my full attention. This one is no exception. I have just stocked up on dried cherries (not the sour type though), so this one will definitely be made soon!

  19. Nick May 28, 2008 Reply

    These sound wonderful. I love sour cherries as well, but only wish peanut butter could work its way into these chocolate wonders somehow…

  20. Elle May 29, 2008 Reply

    Cherries and chocolate are one of life’s great teams. They were made to be paired together, don’t you think? These cookies look so choclolatey and good, and cherries just send them over the edge!

  21. Katrina May 29, 2008 Reply

    Darn you make some good looking stuff!

  22. jennifer May 29, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Mandy! I hope you like the cookies.

    Nick, I do love peanut butter, although I’m not sure how that would work with sour cherries. 😉

    Elle, the chocolate/cherry combination is definitely delicious!

    Thanks, Katrina!

  23. I buy deliciously tangy Montgomery dried cherries at Trader Joe’s. And I have some right now, so what excuse do I have not to make these cookies?

  24. jennifer May 30, 2008 Reply

    Susan, sounds like you need to get baking!

  25. Patricia Bralls May 30, 2008 Reply

    Amazing bakery. OMG would i love to be there.

    Chloe- I have had those cookies & they are absolutely wonderful & so pretty and unique!

  26. jennifer May 31, 2008 Reply

    Patricia, it’s a glorious bakery!

  27. Sophie June 1, 2008 Reply

    Great combo, cherries and chocolate make the perfect couple :). I actually recently discovered razzcherries…heard of ’em? They sell them at a fine foods grocery store here in TX called Central Market. They’re a tad bit sweeter than the tart cherries.

  28. jennifer June 1, 2008 Reply

    Sophie, I haven’t heard of razzcherries. I will be on the lookout for them!

  29. TBC June 2, 2008 Reply

    Oh, the cookies look fabulous! All your creations are so beautiful.
    You call yourself an amateur baker? I don’t think so! 😀

  30. jennifer June 2, 2008 Reply

    TBC, thank you! You’re very sweet.

  31. OMG!!! That first photo – gasp! I want to eat your blog! 😀

  32. jennifer June 3, 2008 Reply

    LOL, Maninas! Thanks.

  33. littlem June 19, 2008 Reply

    Yummo….. your website is soooo naughty!

  34. jennifer June 19, 2008 Reply

    littlem, but it’s so much fun! 😉

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