Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to make sweets for your sweetie (or sweeties, as the case may be)! I’m so happy to be sharing a recipe with you in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of a Valentine Food Blogger Event hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen (Julie, you rock!).  I am always grateful for an opportunity to support important causes, especially when I can get in the kitchen to do it.  I think my Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies are a delicious way to celebrate our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Valentine’s Day event – chocolate, more chocolate, cherries and pistachios – what’s not to love?

Our goal for this Valentine event is to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, and to make a difference in the fight against it.  Did you know that cancer is the number 1 cause of death of children by disease in our country?  As you read this, there are more than 40,000 children battling some form of cancer.  It’s heartbreaking, and only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated to research on all forms of childhood cancer combined…that’s not nearly enough to begin finding the cures that are so desperately needed.

Thanks to our sponsors Dixie Crystals, for a goodie box filled with their confectioner’s sugar, and to Land O’Lakes for a butter card!

If you’d like more information or want to donate to this critical cause, visit our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraising page.  Our generous sponsors –Dixie CrystalsLand O’Lakes, and Mediavine – have pledged to match every dollar we help to raise up to $3,000, which is a potential of $12,000! Right now we are just over halfway to our goal, with $1,515 raised, and we hope that as you learn more about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you’ll want to join the team!

I wanted a recipe that would be simple to prepare, but unquestionably delicious…seriously, you don’t want anything less that outrageously delectable cookies for your Valentine, am I right?!?  My recipe is an adaptation of one of my favorite cookies, Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jill O’Connor’s Sticky Chewy Messy Gooey Treats for Kids. (Sadly I believe the book is out of print, but you can find the Kindle version and hard copies for sale at the link above.)  These are basically chocolate chip cookies on steroids – 1/4 cup of dough each, full of chips, and perfectly textured, slightly crunchy on the edges and soft and gooey in the centers.

Scooped dough will keep well in the freezer – so you’ll have cookies at the ready anytime!

They are quick and easy to make, and lately I’ve taken to scooping all the dough, baking some and freezing the rest.  That way, when we need a cookie fix I can just pull some out and bake them up…in less than an hour, I’ve got a cookie fix!  There’s something so comforting about the knowledge that I’ve got cookie dough ready to go at a moment’s notice!

Don’t skip sifting your cocoa powder – or you’ll end up with lumps in your cookie dough.

I’ve been tweaking this recipe for years, adding oats, dried fruits and spices, and using different flavors of chips.  Most often I make them with semi-sweet chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips, my kids’ favorite.  For this Valentine’s Day cookie event, I thought it would be fun to come up with a really dark chocolatey, more adult version of the cookie – something that would be reminiscent of the chewy chocolate chip cookies we loved as kids but with a grown-up twist.

I decided to make a chocolate dough, and replaced part of the flour with dark cocoa powder. (It’s important to sift the cocoa powder in this recipe – otherwise you could end up with lumps of cocoa powder, which you don’t want.)

Because I’m of the firm belief that there is no such thing as too much chocolate, I used both milk and dark chocolate chips; for texture and a bit of sweet-tart to balance the rich chocolate, I added chopped dried cherries. Then, for even more flavor and color, I stirred in chopped pistachios.

Use a cookie or ice cream scoop to get the best, most uniform shape…they’ll look pretty and bake evenly too.

Your house will smell amazing while the cookies bake…and the end result? Heavenly, dark, gooey, melt-in-your mouth cookies that make perfect Valentine’s treats!  My husband said these Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies are some of the best I’ve ever made.  I’ll call that a Valentine’s Day success!

I brought some to a friend to try, and told her all about our blogger cookie party in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer…she agreed that this was a truly sweet way to support such a wonderful and important cause.  If you would like to help, just hop on over to our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Fundraising Page.  We have until February 28th to reach our goal; any amount you’d like to donate will be a wonderful gift to pediatric cancer research, and so very appreciated.

Remember, every day: It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  Mother Theresa  Wishing y’all the sweetest Valentine’s Day, filled with deliciousness and love!

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Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies
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Filled with the flavors of rich and chewy chocolate, cherries and pistachios, these cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day - and every day!
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 18-20 large cookies
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) sweet butter, melted
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk (or 2 jumbo eggs)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup each: dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, chopped dried cherries and chopped pistachios
  1. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, both sugars, vanilla, eggs, and egg yolk.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and mix until combined. (The dough will seem very soft, but will thicken when you add the other ingredients.)
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, cherries and pistachios.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  5. Use a ¼ cup ice cream or cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the baking sheets - leave room for the cookies to spread a little.
  6. Chill the dough for 30 minutes (you can chill for up to 24 hours if you want to make in advance - or place the baking sheets in the freezer and once the dough is frozen you can store in the freezer in an airtight container).
  7. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  8. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, approximately 15 minutes - until they are golden and slightly crisp around the edges but still soft in the center. (If you are baking the cookies from the freezer, they will take about 20 minutes.)
  9. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
  10. Store in an airtight container for 3 days.
1. This recipe is adapted from Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jill O'Connor's [u]Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids[/u].
2. Prep time includes 30 minutes chilling time for the dough.
Enjoy these amazing Valentine recipes from my fellow Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bloggers too!
Heart-Shaped Pink Velvet Bundt Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookie Bars from Julie of Julie Blanner
Frosted Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
Cannoli  from Sheila of Life, Love, and Good Food
Red Velvet Pizzelle from Liren of Kitchen Confidante
Microwave Chocolate Ganache from Melanie of Melanie Makes
Brownie Ice Cream Valentines from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies from Lisa of Bloghetti
Rice Crispy Treat Hearts from Heather of Totally Tailgates
Spicy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Becca of Two Places At Once
Coconut Almond Biscotti from Kathleen of Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Strawberry Valentine Marshmallows from Serena of SerenaLissy
Strawberry Sugar Cookies from Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Double Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies from Natalie of The Devil Wears Parsley
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Macaroons from Ashley of A Spoonful of Flavor
Salted Chocolate Caramel Chip Bars from Emily of It Bakes Me Happy
Red Wine Brownies  from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies from Denise of Chez Us
Easy As Pie Cookies from Ashley of A Cup of Charming
Skinny Gluten-Free VDay Cookies from Jessica of Pensive Paleo
Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies from My Baking Heart
Peppermint Brownie Cookies from Aimee Broussard
Helping Hand Cookies from Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen

18 comments on “Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies for Your Valentine!”

  1. Hi Sue! These cookies look so decadent! Can’t wait to try them! I’m happy to be participating in the Cookies For Kids Bloggers’ Valentine’s Event with you! Have a delicious day! Gwynn at Swirls of Flavor

    • Thank you so much, Gwynn! I can’t wait to try your Fudgy Mug Cake – great minds think alike! So happy to be supporting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with you!

  2. Hershey’s Special Dark for the WIN!!! I’m so glad I found that cocoa powder. Decadence in powder form. Also love that cherry pistacho combo! These are on the list!

  3. Oh these sound amazing. I love chocolate with pistachios too; such an over looked flavor combination. Great recipe for such a heart felt cause. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • Thank you Denise! I think chocolate is a must for Valentine’s Day – and I think this flavor combination is pretty magical! So happy to have participated in this great event with you!

    • Thank you Serena! Chocolate and cherry do make a perfect match for Valentine’s Day, don’t they? I’m so glad we all shared our recipes for this important cause.

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