Thursday 8 May 2008

Cherry & White Chocolate Cookies

After a request from someone at work for a Monday Munchers treat involving cherries and white chocolate I came up with these cookies. Not very adventurous I’ll admit, but delicious none the same. They had a crisp outer edge with a bendy/chewy centre which was a nice change from the soft cakey cookies I made them last time.

I based the cookies on a recipe from the King Arthur Flour Company, only I halved the recipe and altered a few of the ingredients. I baked the cookies in two batches and the first batch spread far too much and they ended up joined together like some sort of crazy paving, I think it was because I tinkered with the recipe, but I added more flour and the second batch turned out much better. The recipe below includes the added flour.

I used dried Bing cherries which are un-dyed and quite tart, but this went well with the chunks of sweet white chocolate.

Cherry & White Chocolate Cookies
(Recipe adapted from the King Arthur Flour Company)
115g butter
100g light soft brown sugar
75g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ beaten egg
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g plain flour
75g white chocolate
75g dried cherries

Heat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
Beat in the vanilla and beaten egg.
Sift over the flour and bicarb and beat until well incorporated.
Chop the chocolate into small chunks and fold into the batter along with the dried cherries.
Place tablespoons of the cookie dough onto the baking tray, leaving a 2inch gap between each one. Slightly flatten the dough into a rough round.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden around the edges.
Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.
Makes 18 cookies


Gigi said...

White chocolate is the perfect partner for tart fruit. I bet these where sweet and tart all in one bite! Yummy!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

These look great! Chewy but crisp at the same time...yum!

RecipeGirl said...

I think white chocolate and cherries sound like a good pairing. And I love the picture of your cookies all squished and baked together :)

Deborah said...

The addition of cherries sounds so delicious to me!!

Elle said...

Just received some dried cherries from Michigan as a gift...these cookies would be the perfect place for them....YUM!

jasmine said...

Actually, I think it looks like Pahoehoe lava...

I think the pairing is a yummy one.


Johanna GGG said...

have some white choc chips and you have now got me thinking I need some cherries to marry them with - I have found that although cookies spreading is a pain they are often have a great chewy texture

Anonymous said...

Cherry and white chocolate, now that's an intriguing combination, thanks!

Anonymous said...

wow..I would never have thought of that..what a great idea! They look perfect.