Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries

Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries

Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries = No Willpower.

I have this bad habit of whipping up batches of cookies at say… 11:43 pm. You know the story. Diligence and healthy choices from dawn until dusk, then in a moment of weary relaxation at the end of the day, I let down my guard and BAM, cookies.

A complete undoing in 8-10 minutes at 35o. You know what I’m sayin’?

I should be headed off  to bed, but instead I’m a prisoner to a momentary whim, too weak to say no. That’s the thing about life, you’ve got to live in a state of constant awareness or something WILL get the best of you.

Double Chocolate Cookies

I remember staring at my report card in seventh grade, trying to decipher what the teacher meant by “Needs to be more assertive.” Then I looked down at my feet and remembered I’d been wearing unmatched socks all day because my mother handed them to me that morning and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.

Maybe “assertive” means speaking up for yourself in order to wear matching socks… or putting your foot down when someone is trying to take advantage of you. Maybe it simply means “able to resist late night cookies.” If the latter is true, I’m sad to tell you I am STILL not assertive. I’ve come a long way since seventh great, but double chocolate cookies still get the upper-hand sometimes.

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

That’s ok, these cookies are worth it.

I offer you Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries~ buttery chocolate dough speckled with dark chocolate chips, plump cherries and crystallized ginger. And did I mention the SECRET ingredient? These double chocolate cookies could be considered TRIPLE chocolate due to the hefty dose of Kahlua (mocha liquor). The hint of mocha and boozy essence intensify the chocolate, and the tart cherries and heat from the ginger manage to balance these cookies to the point of irresistibly.


Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup dark cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
11 Tb. unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup Kahlua (mocha liquor)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries
¼ cup chopped crystallized ginger


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Using an electric mixer, cream both sugars with the butter until fluffy. Add in the eggs, Kahlua, and vanilla; mix until smooth.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until well combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips and cherries.

Use a cookie scoop to dollop 2 Tb. portions of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Place the cookies 2 inches apart.

Sprinkle a pinch of chopped crystallized ginger over the top of each cookie.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets 5 minutes before moving.

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55 Responses to “Double Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Cherries”

  1. #
    Susan — September 5, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Wow wow wow! Those cookies look to die for! So unbelievably decadent! Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!


  2. #
    Amanda — September 5, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    These sound delish!


  3. #
    Belinda @zomppa — September 5, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Cookies ALWAYS win if I try to fight…which I don’t. =)


  4. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 5, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    These cookies sound amazing! So rich and chocolatey! Love the addition of the cherries and ginger!


  5. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 5, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    I chuckled my way through this post…..I know what you mean about the late night cravings! Just last night I whipped up some homemade queso dip at 11:15pm. I justified it by calling it the dinner I hadn’t had yet. :)


  6. #
    Katrina — September 5, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Those look great! Love the flavors!


  7. #
    Liz — September 5, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I would have to hide my cookie jar if these were in my kitchen! What a fabulous combination of flavors :)


  8. #
    Monet — September 5, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    These cookies are worth it! And I’ve done the same…many, many times. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope the beginning of your week is both peaceful and fun. I’m sipping on a cup of coffee and looking forward to a day of resting and baking. Perfection, in my books! I hope you are well, my friend!


  9. #
    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — September 5, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Sommer, they do look worth it! Chocolate and ginger sounds good! Have a great Labor Day.


  10. #
    Hyosun Ro — September 5, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I know I wouldn’t be able to resist these cookies no matter what time of the day it is. They look so rich and yummy!


  11. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 5, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Sounds divine!


  12. #
    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — September 5, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    It’s amazing how sundown can cause an intense craving for sugar and chocolate, isn’t it? Some times the only thing you can do is give in, and when the result is cookies like this it’s tough to argue with the craving!


  13. #
    Sandi — September 5, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Crystallized ginger…nice addition :)


  14. #
    Tiff @ Babes and Kids — September 5, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Yum. This is definitely a nice spin on cookies.


  15. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — September 5, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Wonderful combination! They would definitely be my undoing too! “Maybe just another one won’t hurt.” ;)


  16. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 5, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    You should make up kitchen signs that say “A complete undoing in 8-10 minutes at 350.” That’s hilarious! And I can so relate… I often find myself in the kitchen late at night playing with sugar and chocolate because it’s the only time I get to lick the bowl! And the beaters. And the spatula…


  17. #
    Carolyn — September 5, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    These look phenomenal. I currently have a bit of an obsession with ginger, made my own candied ginger the other day and plan to do scones with it. So this was right up my alley!


  18. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 5, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Kahlua was absolutely the point at which I knew I couldn’t resist these :) If I tell myself there’s cherries in them, it makes it a wee bit better. Right? :)


  19. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 5, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I hear ya, I have yet to master that elusive quality called willpower!


  20. #
    Angie's Recipes — September 5, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    They are irresistible!


  21. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 5, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    These look so good!!


  22. #
    Bev Weidner — September 5, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Good grief I could inhale like 17 of those, right now!


  23. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — September 5, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Well at least you had milk too! These look wonderfully satisfying. Sometimes chocolate just answers the call when you gotta have ‘em – you gotta have ‘em. Late night eating after a day of pre-dawn power walking, vegetables, fruit and yogurt (or pie) … been there done that!


  24. #
    Evan Thomas — September 5, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to resist these either. I love the combination of ginger and chocolate and cherries and chocolate, so I figure all together must be even better.


  25. #
    Jeanette — September 5, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Can’t believe you were up till near midnight making these cookies…now that is dangerous! They look irresistible.


  26. #
    Magic of Spice — September 5, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    What a delightful combination…they look fantastic!


  27. #
    chinmayie @ love food eat — September 5, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    I know what you mean about the late night cookie baking!!! I have done it TOO MANY times :(
    But this one looks worth all the calories.. lol!! What a sinner recipe! YUM!


  28. #
    Kristen — September 5, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    These are such pretty cookies and so indulgent!


  29. #
    Shirley — September 5, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    I don’t know… there’s something that feels so good about giving in to chocolate and cookies now and then. Sometimes it’s fun not to be assertive. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted crystallized ginger and chocolate together, but I’m intrigued!


  30. #
    Cookin' Canuck — September 5, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    Oh Sommer, these are right up my alley. Cherries and ginger are such a fantastic combination. If I made these at 11:43pm, there wouldn’t be very many left!


  31. #
    Apron Appeal — September 6, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    Chocolate cookies make me think of brownies…The cherries in these make me think I’ll be making this very soon.


  32. #
    Marly — September 6, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    You and I are on the same page, my friend. I just published a chocolate cookie recipe too. I think I like yours better though – chocolate, cherries, and ginger? Yumm!!


  33. #
    Dan — September 6, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    The cookies look incredibly good.

    For some reason, I had read the work “Kaluha” in between “double chocolate” and “cookies.” It’s been that type of day so far :-)


  34. #
    Maria — September 6, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Love these cookies!


  35. #
    carolinaheartstrings — September 6, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Wow. Cookies and photos both. As always your post and recipe are wonderful.


  36. #
    Karriann Graf — September 6, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Amazing cookies, great combination of ingredients! Happy Baking!


  37. # — September 6, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    LOL @ the socks!!! :)
    Now can I have a dozen of your delicious cookies!?!


  38. #
    Apple Pie Recipe — September 6, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    These look and sound really good. Whole bunch of flavors happening. Would need to purchase Kahlua and dried cherries. Not much of an arm twist there. Pictures are wonderful. ~ Thanks for sharing.


  39. #
    torviewtoronto — September 6, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    this looks yummy deliciously done looks wonderful


  40. #
    katie@cozydelicious — September 6, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    Oooh… boozy cookies. Yeah, no willpower here! Those midnight chocolate cravings are impossible to stand up to!


  41. #
    Curt — September 7, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I’ll bet the ginger puts this over the top!


  42. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — September 7, 2011 @ 8:19 am



  43. #
    Amy @ Gastronome Tart — September 7, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    This is so funny because the last time I whipped up cookies late at night, I made double chocoloate chunk cookies as well! Although mine didn’t have the addition of the cherries or ginger. What a great flavor combo. Sounds and looks delicious!


  44. #
    Linda — September 7, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Sinfully good!! And I’d head into the kitchen at 11pm too to whip up a batch of these!! How unique with the cherries and ginger, sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors.


  45. #
    patty — September 7, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Love this combination of flavors in a cookie- they would not be safe in my cookie jar;-)


  46. #
    marla — September 7, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    With that little hint of ginger I think fall, the cherries summer & the chocolate pure bliss. Great cookies!


  47. #
    vianney/sweet life — September 7, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    11:43 pm hmm sounds like someone I know (smile) i was woofing down alfajores last

    oh sommer these are “so” gonna be made..on saturday night..midnight,lol with a glass of milk


  48. #
    gourmande — September 8, 2011 @ 4:27 am

    Oh my ! I’ve put on 10 kg of cocoa butter on my hips… just reading and watching ! Really superb.


  49. #
    Dmarie — September 10, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    hey, I’ve been wondering what the heck to do with crystallized ginger besides just ginger cookies. thanks, Spicy!


    • Sommer — September 10th, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

      I use it in lots of baked goods, but I also dip bigger slices in chocolate, and have used them in stir fry before.


  50. #
    jamie — September 21, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Ummm, yum!! Will you come cook for me?! Thanks for sharing your blog today on SITS!


  51. #
    RisaG — September 27, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    The cookies look amazing. I could go for a batch. I never bake at night BUT I have gotten the urge really early in the a.m. and put together something on the whim. It is so much fun and then you get to eat something delicious. And decadent.



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