Grown up cookies...NONE FOR YOU....

...these cookies are not for children! they are for adults only and if i was to find a child eating one i would snatch it and stuff it in my mouth quicker than you could yell NONE FOR YOU!

chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and Kirsch soaked cherries...yum!

the inspiration for these cookies came from Nigella Lawson's comfort cookies but i wanted to add a little something to them. i love an experiment!

you will need:

125g dark chocolate (70%)
150g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
half tsp salt
125g softened unsalted butter
75g soft light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
350g chocolate chips (Dark, 70% or milk if you prefer)
hand full of kirsch cherries

start by placing the dark chocolate in a bowl and melting over a pan of water.

whilst the chocolate is melting cream together the butter and both kinds of sugar.

once the chocolate is melted add it to the butter and mix well.

add the vanilla extract and egg and mix again. sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt into the mixture and beat until everything is incorporated.

this is where i wanted to add something extra. take a hand full of kirsch cherries and chop finely.

mix the cherries in well and get ready for more chocolate...

add the chocolate chips into the bowl and give it a really good mix, you will find that it seems like ALOT of chips (thats because there is alot!) but just make sure its all stuck together and it will be fine!

using an ice cream scoop and a palette knife form little mounds of cookie dough but DO NOT FLATTEN!
pop the tray into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to allow the dough to firm up slightly. this allows the cookies to retain some of their shape and stops them expanding to much in the oven.

whilst they are chilling preheat the oven to 170ºC or gas mark 3.

pop them in the oven for 18-20 minutes and when they come out they will look like heaven in cookie form! 

the smell of them fresh from the oven was to much to resist so i had one straight away! i think i am in love!

if i was to make these again i think i would reduce the chocolate chips by half and replace with more cherries and they seemed to get lost in all the chocolate.

i would also recommending leaving them over night before cracking into them as the chocolate seems to mellow slightly, they can be a bit bitter when first baked.