Easy Black Forest Cookies

Yield: 2 ½ Dozen Cookies

1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix

1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

1 8 oz. Pkg. Cream Cheese, Room Temperature

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract, Divided

1 Tablespoon Espresso Powder

2 Tablespoons Sweet Shoppe Seasoning

3/4 Teaspoon Espresso Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

1 Cup Dried Cherries (or Cranberries)

1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Dark Cocoa Sugar (Optional)

These cookies came to be one afternoon when we received a call from a ‘long-lost friend’ who just happened to be in the neighborhood and wanted to stop by for coffee. OK, we admit it – we weren’t prepared for guests that day. There was no cookie dough tucked away in our freezer, and our pantry needed a major re-supply.  So, we pulled together what we could find to create this cookie. ‘Luscious’ is the only word we can find to describe the results – well, luscious and easy! But no one needs to know the ‘easy’ part. Today, we often bake a fresh batch of these beauties to place on our guests’ pillows at night. What a perfect way to say not only “Welcome,” but “Sweet Dreams” as well!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Using an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend together cake mix, butter, cream cheese, butter, 1 teaspoon extract, and espresso powder.  Add dried cherries and chocolate chips and mix together until dough has formed.


Chill cookie dough for about 30 minutes.  Form dough into 1 inch balls, roll in Dark Cocoa Sugar, if using, and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Bake on middle rack of oven for 10-13 minutes until done. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes.  Move cookies to baking rack to cool completely before serving. For a nighttime treat, warm cookies in a 200 degree oven before serving.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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Sea Salt
Our Espresso Sea Salt is the
perfect seasoning for steaks, chops, ribs, burgers, meat loafs, and more. But don't stop there. It also gives an intriguing boost to desserts and cocktails. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide. 
Espresso Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Sweet Shoppe
For many chefs, desserts are
little more than an afterthought.
But with a spoonful of our Sweet Shoppe blend, Home Chefs can easily add an elegant ending to their meals. Just sprinkle some on ice cream, cookies, cake, brownies, cupcakes or add to coffee, or liqueur for the perfect finish.
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No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry peppercorns, which are considered the finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Dark Cocoa Sugar
For any chocolate lover, this blend
of dark cocoa and sugar is sweet,
sultry, and indulgent. Use as a finishing sugar to top fruits and pastries, pancakes and waffles. Or add a decadent touch to your coffee, ice cream, and other indulgences. 
Dark Cocoa Sugar from MorningStar Kitchen