"Black Forest" Nut Shaped Cookies Recipe
Black Forest Chocolate Cookie
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 20g/0.7oz of dark chocolate shavings, over 70% extra-bitter (I like Icelandic Brand available at W. Foods, basically six small squares. A serrated bread knife works well for shaving.
- 1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp powdered espresso
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
- 3 oz. cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Sift together all dry ingredients, set aside. Cream butter and cream cheese together. Gradually add sugar and shavings, mix well. Beat in egg and vanilla, then slowly add the flour mixture bit at a time until well incorporated. I like to mix this last part with my hands.(wash hands first, of course)
Separate dough in several smaller balls of dough, cover bowl with plastic wrap, then chill for a couple of hours. This makes for easier cookie molding. Initially the dough will crumble, warming it up a bit with your hands until it forms a nice small ball and press it in the Walnut mold. No drying is needed before baking. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cool cookies on a drying rack.
The trick to tricky molds: Dust with powdered sugar with each pressing. Make sure your dough is chilled enough. Take the tip of a knife and gentle coax out the dough, press knife hole gently with fingers and smooth over a bit. Cut off excess dough.
- 1 1/2 cup ground Almonds, Walnuts, or Hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T. Butter, softened
- 1 jar Griottines Kirsch morello cherries 1.7 oz (alternatively, you can use 2 Tbsp Kirsch and 8 cherries)
Wash your hands and mix all the above ingredients together making sure to crush the cherries into smaller pieces. Chill well, when the cookies parts above are cool, take a piece of the filling and warm it up with your hand making a small disc. Press two cookie parts together and work outside edge with fingers.
What works for me may not necessarily work for you. Play around with it, have some fun. There is no perfect, but it is a perfect moment when you see someones eyes light up when enjoying one of your homemade treats.
*Make this recipe kid friendly by using cherry juice instead of the brandy and omit the espresso powder.