These cookies are always a huge hit and have been tweaked to perfection over the years, so my elves and I thought we'd share our recipe:
Black Forest Cookies (photo below)
Preheat oven to 350 / Prep time ~ 45 minutes / Baking time 12-15 minutes.
These cookies can be made ahead of time and freeze very well!
Drain, reserving some of the juice for later use:
4 One lb. jars of Maraschino cherries (this amount allows some theft)
Chop into quarters. Set aside.
Combine these ingredients in a bowl and set aside:
3 cups flour
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (Dark Dutch cocoa if you can find it)
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
Melt these in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until just melted:
1 cup of real butter
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (we use Ghirardelli’s)
Pour butter/chocolate mix into large mixing bowl. Cool 10 minutes
1 cup, packed, of brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsps of real vanilla extract
Gradually add in dry ingredients, occasionally scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
1/2 of the previously chopped cherries (save the other ½ for the icing)
3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Drop by rounded tablespoons of dough, roughly 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until firm to the touch but not hard. Remove from sheets and cool on racks.
Beat together until creamy:
3/4 cup of softened butter
2/3 cup of marshmallow fluff
4 or 5 cups of confectionary sugar
Stir in the remaining chopped cherries. Add a little more cherry juice if you like your frosting pinker. Spread frosting on each cookie and let set until dry (a few hours at least). Refrigerate or freeze in a rigid container with wax paper, parchment paper or foil between the layers. Keeps well for more than one week in refrigerator. (Or store in another cold protected area) These cookies actually get even better with a day or two to age.
Also pictured below are some of our family Elves in their Christmas Aprons (I've been collecting them and gifting them for years) My dear daughters and both sisters-in-law are fabulous cookie bakers.