Chocolate Cherry Cola Cookies-2This month in the Behind the Curtain dessert challenge the ingredients are tough for me. Coca Cola and Cherry. I don’t drink soda and when you look at dessert recipe inspiration it’s all cake. Lots and lots of cake.

Chocolate Cherry Cola Cookies-3That meant I didn’t want to make a cake. But I figured I could whip up an easy cookie recipe. The carbonation of the cola really gives these a lighter texture. And of course a bit of a cola syrupy taste. Cherry cola is sometimes hard to find so I added dried cherries for a bit more flavour. The chewy cherries and dark chocolate chips are really great together.  I used a lighter cocoa as I didn’t want these dark and fudgy, I really wanted them more cola flavoured and I think it worked out well.

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Chocolate Cherry Cola Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Cola Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cola (cherry or regular)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl mix the flaxseed and water. Set aside a few minutes to gel.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream together the margarine and sugars until smooth.
  4. Add the flaxseed mixture and vanilla. Add the cola and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture until a smooth dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries until they’re evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat, spacing the cookies about 3 inches apart from each other.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly golden around the edges.