A Constant Comfort During Finals

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

Sophomore year I entered into blogging with a post on chocolate cherry cookies made in Karen Jacob’s Test Kitchen. These gooey, delicious, stress-relieving treats helped me though my four finals that year. Graduating in January, I’m coming up to the last final exams of my undergraduate career, and while the courses have changed two things have not: the level of stress and these cookies. Baking alone is a stress-reliever for me, but if you aren’t a fan of measuring, mixing, and baking no worries: eating these rich, chocolatey desserts is very soothing as well. Treat yourself and your friends to a study break by making and eating these cookies with a cold glass of milk! (For the original post click here)

Below an excerpt of the original post that has all the details you need to make these tonight. Enjoy!

If you’re someone who isn’t always a fan of fruit in desserts, give this one a shot – trust me, it’ll surprise you how perfectly the chewy texture of the cherries combines with the gooeyness of the cookie.

To start, reconstitute 2/3 cup of cherries by soaking them in a bowl of hot water; this will add back some of their original moisture. On Wednesday, we did a mix of dried cherries and dried cranberries, which I highly recommend doing to add another level of sweetness to the cookies.


While the cherries and cranberries are soaking, combine 1 cup of whole white wheat flour, 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ tsp of baking powder, ¼ tsp of baking soda, and ¼ tsp of salt.


In another bowl, beat, on high speed, ¾ cup of granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of unsalted butter in a large bowl until creamy. I know ¾ cup of sugar may not sound like enough sugar but trust me you do not want to add any more! The best part about these cookies is the combination of deep, chocolaty taste with bursts of sweetness from the cherries and cranberries.

Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg to butter mixture. Put the mixer on low speed and slowly add in the flour mixture. Our batter was pretty dry so we added a little more than 1 Tbs of water. If this happens to you, only add 1 Tbs of water to start, and then add in little amounts as needed. The batter is supposed to be quite sticky, so don’t add too much liquid.


The recipe says to drain cherries and fold them into the batter along with the 3 Tbs of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips; however, because our dough was a bit dry, we didn’t drain the cherries completely and poured some of that water into the batter.

Once the batter is sticky but not dry, make tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place each 2-inches apart onto baking sheets that have been covered with cooking spray. We found that the cookies come out best if you slightly flatten the dough, making small disks.


Once the baking sheets are ready to go, pop them in a 350-degree oven for about 12-15 min. The edges should look chewy and the middles still slightly doughy – don’t worry they will continue to cook a bit after you take them out of the oven. The recipe says to cool for 5 min, which for us was impossible, resulting in many burnt, but still satisfied, tongues. If you’re impatient like us, I do want to warn you that although the cookies may be wonderfully hot, the cherries and cranberries will be painfully hot.


So what do they taste like? The most accurate description is they are decadently rich, gooey brownies in cookie form. The cranberries and cherries in the recipe have a holiday feel to them, making this a perfect cookie to add to your holiday cookie platter. Remember to keep an eye out for next semester’s Test Kitchen Schedule! Happy Holidays!


Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies

Makes 30 cookies

Preheat over to 350 degrees


  • 1 cup 100% whole white wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries (we did half dried cherries and half cranberries) + Hot water
  • 3 Tbs semi-sweet mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips roughly chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. Measure out 2/3 cup dried cherries into a bowl and cover with hot water.

Let sit while mixing together other ingredients. (If using cranberries, soak

them with the cherries)

3. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife

4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a


5. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed

until well blended

6. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. With mixer on low speed, gradually add

flour mixture. Mix just until combined. If batter seems too thick or will not

stir together well, add 1 Tbs of water

7. Drain cherries and fold into batter with chocolate chips. (If your batter is

dry, you can opt to not completely drain the cherries and use some of that

water to moisten the dough)

8. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated

with cooking spray. (It may help to flatten the dough into disks)

9.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; cool on

pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Tip: In our recipe we use White Whole Wheat Flour instead of All Purpose Flour. Milled from white whole wheat, White Whole Wheat Flour has all the fiber and nutrition of traditional whole wheat, with milder flavor and lighter color. We find that in cookies, muffins, pancakes and quick breads, using white whole wheat flour in place of the entire amount of all-purpose flour yields a baked treat that’s just as tasty as the original, with the benefit of increased fiber, vitamins and minerals. Our favorite brand is King Arthur’s Flour. Try next time you bake!

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