black forest cookie bars
My love affair with cherries continues with these decadent and dramatic black forest cookies bars. A spin-off of my triple chocolate cream cheese cookie bars, this version is a chocolate lover’s dream. I intentionally underbaked the bars for maximum fudgy goodness, so the texture is very reminiscent of a brownie.
Loaded with plump cherries and milk and semisweet chocolate chips, you’ll find these tempting cookie bars impossible to resist.
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 Tbsp black (or dark) cocoa
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Bing cherries, pitted and quartered
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup Bing cherries, pitted and quartered
- 1 Tbsp milk chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
- Whisk together flour, cocoas, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until smooth; add sugars and beat until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.
- Spray a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray and use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into pan. Top with remaining cherries and chocolate chips, pressing slightly into dough; cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, about 16 to 17 minutes. (If you prefer a more well-done cookie, bake a few minutes longer). Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Calories: 240