chocolate cherry cracklesCuisinart Original Recipe
Chewy, chocolaty cookies with tart cherries for contrast."
9 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (preferably Dutch process)
1½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1½ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
¾ cup mini chocolate morsels
¾ cup dried tart cherries
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Place the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir ingredients together with a wooden spoon to aerate and blend dry ingredients.
Place the melted butter and sugar in the Cuisinart™ mixing bowl. Insert the flat mixing paddle. Turn to speed 3. Mix ingredients until smooth, about 30 seconds. With stand mixer running on speed 3, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 10 seconds after each egg is added, and then add vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy on Speed 3, 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl and paddle. Press the Fold button to mix in the dry ingredients in 2 additions. Mix until just combined, about 30 seconds. Mix on speed 3 for 1 minute until thick and creamy. Add chocolate morsels and cherries, and mix on speed 2 until just blended, 15 to 20 seconds.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, coat generously in confectioners’ sugar, and arrange on baking sheets 1 inch apart. Bake for about 12 minutes until tops appear crackled. Cool on sheets 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.