Sunday, June 27, 2010

cocoa fudge cookies

Recipe via baking bites, an original of Alice Medrich. These cookies are soft, have a deep chocolate flavor, but are not too sweet or heavy. I threw in some chopped milk chocolate instead of the cherries, but are delicious just as is.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
7 tbsp cocoa powder (I used Dutch process but natural is fine)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup optional dried tart cherries (or mini chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder and sugars- mixture will resemble course sand. Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Stir in cherries.
Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheet 2 inches apart and press down lightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until almost set. Leave on pan for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool. Makes 2 dozen.

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