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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl mix the flaxseed and water. Set aside a few minutes to gel.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  • Cream together the margarine and sugars until smooth.
  • Add the flaxseed mixture and vanilla. Add the cola and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture until a smooth dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries until they’re evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • 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.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly golden around the edges.

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