14 Sep 2009

The Best

CAUTION: The following photos and recipe may cause you to bake a whole batch of the most delicious chocolate cookies and then devour them all in one sitting...

You heard right; these are the best chocolate cookies I've made, period. I've been on a journey to find the best chocolate cookie recipe - and Bourke Street Bakery's (best bakery in Sydney) recipe for Dark Chocolate and Sour Cherry Cookies are sensational.

Recipe as follows:

235 g dark chocolate (at least 55% cocoa) chopped,
150 g plain flour (1 cup)
50 g unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 cup)

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, ground

100 g unsalted butter
240 g soft brown sugar

2 eggs
85 g dried sour cherries (NOT glace cherries! see note**)

Preheat oven to 165'c (320' F). Put chocolate in a large stainless steel bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Allow the water in the saucepan to boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and stir the chocolate while it slowly melts.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda and salt into a bowl.
In another bowl beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each is incorporated before adding more. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, mixing well after each addition. Fold through through melted chocolate and dried sour cherries.

Take 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time and roll into even sized balls - place balls on baking trays lined with baking paper, allowing room for them to spread. Refrigerate trays for about 30 minutes, or until firm. Bake in batches, for 15-20 minutes each, or until rise and quite cracked on top. Cool on the trays... and eat! Or if you can resist... store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

**Dried unsweetened cherries are difficult to find, but they are really worth the effort. Dried cranberries would suffice, but aren't nearly as nice**


  1. ohhh yum! I will have to try this recipe!!:) thankyou for your kind words,
    Love Martine

  2. Ohh yum! I just had lunch - a really hard apple and those biscuits look soooooo yummy that I might consider making them this afternoon!

  3. Gosh now im hungry!they sure do look like the best.

    Your last post was a heart warming post.

  4. Just made the biscuits and they are nice too - I even managed the cracked tops. They look like something out of a Sarah Lee add but taste a touch like Arnotts' chocolate biscuits.

    Very nice though. Perhaps not as good as Mum's choc-chip ones but definitely good enough to help me finish my Romeo and Juliet essay!

  5. Are we not meant to eat them all in one sitting?! Smiles!

    They really do look quite delicious!

    Glad to see you are happy Emily!
    My love to you.

  6. You might eat the whole batch, but its more likely that your sister will before you even thinking about having a second


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