Chocolate cherry cookies

Hi there! It’s been a while, and I kept telling myself I’d get back to blogging tomorrow, in a day, a week, etc, but finally, I’m here writing the post. Hope you all had w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l holidays, full of surprises, lovely moments and delicious food. What is your favorite sweet treat during winter? Hot chocolate, spiced orange cake or just lots of chocolates? I’m still eating chocolates from the Christmas tree (yes, it’s still in our house, and probably will be here until the beginning of February).Chocolate Cherry cookies

I adore dark chocolate with cherry pieces in it, and I like cookies: good, buttery with those tiny little dots of pure vanilla in it. So, I combined my both desires and prepared these beautiful cookies. I’m thinking you will really love it. Even though, I prefer vanilla cookies over chocolate, but not this time. Better you cook and try, and you will never buy a cookie. Ok, maybe you will but nothing taste like homemade cookies, prepared with high-quality ingredients and the most important – your passion and love. Give these a try and you will be as happy with them as I was.ChocoCookies

Triple the quantity and take some to share with your friends or co-workers, or maybe even a neighbor.ChocoCherryCookies

Chocolate cherry cookies

What you’ll need
100g mild dark chocolate
50g dark chocolate with cherry pieces, or plain dark chocolate
180g plain flour
30g cocoa
1.5 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
120g butter, at room temperature
50g light brown sugar
50g white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
100g dried cherries
100g chopped/slivered almonds
20-30g dark chocolate with cherry pieces, optional
How to make it
  1. Chop 150g chocolate or break into pieces, and put into heatproof bowl and microwave on low power or melt over a pan of simmering water.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk butter with sugar for 5 minutes or until light. Whisk in vanilla extract and then eggs (one by one). Add the melted chocolate and stir well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the batter mixture and stir well. Stir in cherries, almonds and chopped chocolate (if using).
  5. Line the baking sheet with baking paper and scoop out equal portions in some distance apart. Make 14 equal balls, flatten them.
  6. Bake in preheated 180C oven for 15 minutes.
Enjoy!
Chocolate cookies with cherries&almonds

 

Onion cookies with cheese and chilli

 The springs has finally come bringing more sunny days, birds sing their songs, flowers are blossoming and days are becoming longer. Sun is shining and my living room now is full of light, all nature is preparing for the hot summer. I love this time of the year when it’s still comfortable to sit and walk outside in the evening, when it’s not cool but not hot yet. 
I’be been busy last days and I’m sorry for being away, days were full of life or laziness; my dearest friends came from Russia and despite they brought a huge bag of sweets, I made meringues with coconut and nuts, which were eaten immediately.
And I almost missed the awesome party, on Fridays as usual, at Angie’s place with such amazing co-hostesses as Jhuls and Selma. But ‘it’s better late than never’, isn’t it?
So, I want to serve these hot and delish onion cookies to y’all! 😀
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 I’m pretty sure you will be absolutely amazed how well they go for a breakfast! Delicious and flavoured with chillies, which are super boosters, they will help you to wake up quicker than regular mug of coffee!
 This is a very simple recipe to make and you just have to mix the ingredients and form cookies in the round shape right on a baking sheet. Bake the onion cookies for about 20 minutes and they will be gooey, firm and bursting with incredible flavour.
 The recipe itself has undergone a number of changes since I made cookies for the first time, because there is always no limit to perfection. And the result is beautifully browned and great tasted cookies!
I’m using whether spring onion or leek, whatever is available at the moment of cooking, both are suitable and pretty good for this recipe.

Onion cookies with cheese and chilli

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cookies should be served piping hot!
 
Ingredients:
130g flour, self-raising
50-60g butter, cold and cut into small cubes
3 tbsp corn flour
a good pinch of salt
1/3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed chilli flakes
70g grated cheese (Red Cheddar or Red Leicester)
180ml single cream or laban
1 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 leek or 4-5 spring onions
1/2 tbsp butter for frying
Sour cream, creme fraiche or yoghurt for garnish
 
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  2. Chop the leek or spring onions, stir fry very lightly in butter for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Combine the butter with flours, salt and peppers. 
  4. Stir in parsley, onion and cheese.
  5. Pour the cream or laban into the batter and mix well.
  6. Spoon out heaping tablespoon of batter and lay on the ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkle with some extra chilli flakes, if desired.
  8. Bake for 17-20 minutes until golden-brown.
  9. Serve the cookies hot and optionally with sour cream.
  10. Enjoy!
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