No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Image by Jasmine Pahl
Use this summer's bumper crop of cherries to adorn your chocolate cookies
Nutrient-dense and fudgy, these chocolate cherry cookies come with a literal cherry on top, and you don't even have to turn on your oven to make them
Don’t you just love it when life actually is a bowl of cherries? When everything is just sweet with no compromises? I had one of those moments when I whipped up a batch of these no-bake chocolate cherry cookies for a friend’s housewarming using some dark-red, nearly black Bing cherries I’d scored at the West End farmer’s market. BC growers had a bumper crop of over seven million pounds this year, so cherries should be around for at least another few weeks.
- 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup dates, soaked with pits in, for one hour
- 1 cup raw cacao powder. You can use standard cocoa powder but using raw provides exponentially more antioxidants and other nutrients.
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 8-10 ripe cherries, pitted and sliced in half. Do yourself a favour and invest in a cherry pitter. It is the only single-use kitchen tool I own, but it’s worth the space it takes up because it saves so much aggravation and prevents waste.
- 1 teaspoon ground vanilla beans
- Big pinch of sea salt
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Pit the dates and set aside. The water the dates were soaking in can be used to sweeten porridge or nut milks.
- In a food processor, grind walnuts until they are the consistency of flour.
- Add cacao powder, ground vanilla beans and salt. Add dates and maple syrup and blend well.
- With clean hands, form tablespoon-sized balls. Though the dough looks crumbly in the food processer, it will press together with your fingers.
- Flatten the bottom of the ball so it will sit upright. Press an indentation in the centre of the ball and fill it with half a cherry, skin side down.
- Arrange on a cookie sheet and chill for one hour before serving. Store in the refrigerator. The cherry-filled cookies will keep refrigerated for two or three days though I can’t imagine them lasting that long. Dough or unfilled cookies will keep for 10 days or so in the fridge and will freeze like a dream.
Makes about 16 cookies