Chocolate Cherry Wonders

They’re the easiest cookies in the world – and some of the best, too. Wowzers, these cookies are great. I don’t know when I began making them, or recall where I learned the method. What I do know is that ever since the first time, these have been a standard in my house. Our most fought-over cookie. The ones we can’t keep in the jar, but who cares, because they’re so easy to make! 

Chocolate Wonder Cookies

I have called them “Gotta Have Some Now” cookies because they’re the fastest chocolate delivery baked good ever. But I think I’ll call ’em like they are: Chocolate Cherry Wonders. 

  • 1 box brownie mix (use what’s on sale, I like Duncan Hines dark chewy fudge, 19 oz size)
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb) unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350˚.

In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter (I zap it on med-high for about a minute, your melting time may vary. Don’t let it splatter!) Dump the brownie mix on top of the melted butter, then the eggs and vanilla. Mix well, being careful not to let the raw egg get cooked by any hot butter. Stir in the dried cherries.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet (I hate greasing pans.) Bake 10-12 minutes, until the cookies look cooked: their tops will have the characteristic crackled top shown in the photo above.

Slide the parchment paper onto a rack, and let cool on the parchment at least 10 minutes – if you try to take them off too soon, they lose their shape.

I’ve never tested how long they keep. Makes 2 1/2 – 3 dozen, and they’ve never made it to 5 days in this house.

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  2. I’m not a baker…but I’d eat the heck out of these! Nice work!

  3. Mission accomplished! I made the cookies despite a lack of dried cherries that I thought I had. I also realized that I had the snack-sized box of brownies, but un-fazed, I continued and made a very yummy batch of about a dozen small cookies, which my husband and kids finished off BEFORE DINNER.

    Note to self, wait till after dinner to bake. Anywho, I will be making a little run to the store to grab a regular sized box and dried cherries. You made me look awesome to the Hubby. *preens*.

    Thank you for the yummy recipe! Keep ’em coming!


  4. Nana Pat

    I remember these cookies with great fondness. Now I need to remember to buy some dried cherries!

  5. Awesome – I think they should be called black forest cookies, hehe. What delicious sounding cookies.

  6. Yummy!

    I am going to bake these right now, since I just happen to have all these ingredients in my kitchen. Hooray!

    I will let you know how mine turned out.


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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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