Recipe: Choc-cherry bliss bomb cookies – The Cookbook Challenge Week 1

by April@MyFoodTrail on January 16, 2011

in Baking, Biscuits/Cookies, Cookbook Challenge 2011, Recipes

Theme: Stonefruits
Cookbook: The Australian Women’s Weekly Bake

I’m excited about this year’s Cookbook Challenge as I’m hoping it provides the motivation to keep up my regular blogging. I have been feeling pretty uninspired in the kitchen lately so the Cookbook Challenge forces me to try out new recipes. My cookbook collection has grown over the past year, even after my pact that I wouldn’t buy any more until I used my current cookbooks more! I do think I have been quite restrained though as I haven’t bought any cookbooks for the past few months.

The first theme for this year’s challenge is stonefruits. You’ll probably think there is something wrong with me when I admit I don’t like stonefruits much! I don’t like mangoes, nectarines or peaches. I’ll eat cherries if they are there, but I wouldn’t go out and buy them. So I was kinda stuck when trying to find a recipe for this challenge.

I was going to make a black forest cake, but I ran out of time over the weekend. I saw this recipe for choc-cherry bliss bombs which looked easy enough to make and who can resist a name like that?! 🙂 It might be a bit of a cop out because there are no fresh fruits in the recipe, but I’m sure there are real cherries in a Cherry Ripe bar!

Choc-cherry bliss bomb cookies
Makes approximately 30

Cookbook Challenge - Choc-cherry biscuits 1

100g milk chocolate, chopped
30g butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
40g caster sugar
1 large egg
½ cup self raising flour (or ½ cup plain flour & 1 tsp baking powder)
½ cup plain flour
A king size Cadbury Cherry Ripe bar (80g), finely chopped
Desiccated coconut to coat (approx. 1/3 cup)

1. Stir chocolate, butter, oil and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Line oven tray with baking paper.

3. Stir in egg to chocolate mixture, then sift in flours and stir to combine.

4. Stir in Cherry Ripe. Mixture should be quite thick and shiny.

5. Roll heaped teaspoon of mixture into balls, then roll the balls in coconut to coat.

Cookbook Challenge - Choc-cherry biscuits - Method

Left: Chocolate mixture rolled into balls; Right: Balls on the oven tray about to go into the oven

6. Place balls at least 2cm apart on oven trays.

7. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on trays. Cookies will be quite soft coming out of the oven but will firm up when cooled.

Cookbook Challenge - Choc-cherry biscuits 2

Results: The ingredient list was simple and the recipe was easy, it was just a little fiddly having to roll the mixture into individual balls and then coat them with the coconut. The original recipe said to roll them into ½ tsp shaped balls and it made 280!! There was no way I was going to roll 280 little balls so I halved the recipe and made the balls bigger. They looked like rum balls but flattened out in the oven.

These cookies were chewy rather than firm, and tasted like a Cherry Ripe biscuit. If you love Cherry Ripes, then you will love these cookies!

Cookbook Challenge - Choc-cherry biscuits - Inside

Would I make it again? I personally don’t like Cherry Ripes so I would only make them again for other people who do.

Check out my other Cookbook Challenge posts here.

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Eirene January 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I'm excited to be a spectator of the Cookbook Challenge. Looking forward to see the goodies you produce!


Lisa G January 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Love the stone fruit idea! These look quite delicious.. despite the absence of real stone fruit. I guess you have a plan for what's next…but in case you don't…What about apricots? Do you like? There is a fantastic Stephanie Alexander (from Stephanie's Seasons) apricot upside down cake that is great when apricots are at their best – this is the recipe that always come to mind when I think of stone fruit. And Maggie Beer has a brilliant cherry clafoutis…

Looking forward to seeing what's next in the cookbook challenge!


Kat January 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

They looks moist, sweet & chocolatey without being too rich. The afternoon tea version of Cherry Ripes


mademoiselle délicieuse January 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hahaha, I love my stone fruits! But I'm sad to say that mangoes, nectarines and peaches don't seem to be very tasty this summer, and that's even the ones which smell good.


Agnes January 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Oh April. I think I said this to you already, but what kind of Asian are you? You don't like mangoes OR karaoke. 😉

The choc-cherry bliss bomb cookies look good, even though I don't like cherry ripes either!


msihua January 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Why on earth did you cook something that you don't like?? ahahahaha.. u're funny… but they look good!


Conor @ Hold the Beef January 17, 2011 at 1:28 am

Whoa mama, I love Cherry Ripes and these are talking to me… begging me to eat 280 of them…. come to me my pretties…..!

(ok ok maybe 140 bigger ones would suffice)


lynne January 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

love your pictures! that's a lot of balls!


Alyssa January 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

thank you for posting a photo of what they look on the inside! it drives me crazy when there aren't photos like that.


Hannah January 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Squee! It's my dad's birthday in a few weeks and he loves cherry ripes. I think I know what I'm going to make for part of his present… 😀


penny aka jeroxie January 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I like the look of these cherry bombs… actually I love the name of it better!


Monique @ Cooksploits January 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

They look fabulous! Great photos.


Annie January 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Bliss bombs looks like an appropriate title! Delicious.


The Food Mentalist January 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm

These have my vote! Yummo!


Carolyn Jung January 18, 2011 at 4:02 am

These look scrumptious. Now, if only I can get my hands on one of those Cadbury bars. Alas, I'm guessing it's one of those varieties not available in the States. Oh, we suffer so where we are. ;(


Iron Chef Shellie January 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh they look so good April!!


Forager @ The Gourmet Forager January 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

A stonefruit challenge? Looking forward to the savoury recipes that come out of this theme! And though the season is over, these look like perfect Christmas season cookies too!


Johanna GGG January 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

I am sure there are many people who would appreciate these biscuits – me included – cherry ripe was my mum's favourite chocolate bar so it is a sentimental favourite – nice lateral thinking on the stone fruit theme!


Cherrie Pie February 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

i love cherry ripes so I'll probably love this too. I love how the cherries are chunky.


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