Tested till perfect Black Forest Cookie Bars

Black Forest Cookie Bars

Candied cherries and chocolate chips add colour and richness to these cookies.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2004

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  • Portion size 40


  • 1 cup 1cupsoftened butter
  • 1 cup 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuppacked brown sugar
  • 2 2eggeggs
  • 2 tsp 2tspvanilla
  • 2 cups 2cupsall purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking soda
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 2 cups 2cupsjumbo or regular chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsred candied cherries, halved
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Line bottom and sides of 15- x 10-inch (38 x 25 cm) rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter and granulated and brown sugars until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture; stir until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries.

With offset spatula, spread dough in prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden brown and centre is slightly soft, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Cut into bars. Let cool completely in pan on rack. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Additional information :

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars: Replace cherries with 2 cups (500 mL) unsalted peanuts or slivered almonds.

Hazelnut Toffee Cookie Bars: Replace chocolate chips with 4 chocolate-covered toffee bars (39 g each), such as Skor, coarsely chopped. Replace candied cherries with toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped.

To toast hazelnuts, spread on rimmed baking sheet and bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until golden and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Transfer to tea towel; fold over and rub vigorously to remove as much of the skins as possible. Let cool.

Nutritional Information Per bar: about

cal 163 pro 1g total fat 7g sat. fat 4g
carb 24g fibre 1g chol 24mg sodium 109mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 5 vit A 5 vit C 2
folate 5
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