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Black Forest Cookies

These adorable little black forest cookies are so much fun to make and of course delicious! Even though there are a few different elements, the recipe is actually super easy. You’ll be craving these little sandwich cookies like crazy! 

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black forest cookies

What are black forest cookies

My version of black forest cookies are little sandwich cookies made from boxed cake mix. This makes them insanely easy to throw together! The filling is a cherry jam style spread made from frozen cherries to be extra accessible. And also a quick whipped cream that only requires 3 ingredients. These babies have all the flavours of the traditional black forest cake just in a different way. They’re soft and decadent and I cannot praise them enough! 

Ingredients

  • chocolate cake mix
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs 
  • vanilla 
  • salt 
  • frozen cherries
  • lemon 
  • white sugar 
  • cornstarch 
  • heavy/whipping cream
  • powdered sugar 

How to make black forest cookies 

There’s a few different steps to making these black forest cookies but I promise they’re insanely easy! Let’s start with making the cookies. Grab a large mixing bowl and to it add all of your cake mix, the oil, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Gently mix everything together until well combined. Next, take a small cookie scoop and scoop out all of your dough onto a lined baking sheet. I like to use the smaller scoopers because you get more cookies that way. If you want to make some mega black forest cookies and use the big ones, by all means go for it! Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. You can chill it for up to 24 hours but any time over an hour I recommend you cover the cookies. 

While the cookie dough chills you can make both your fillings. Starting with the whipped cream, add the heavy/whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer. You can totally use a hand mixer here as well. Add the whisk attachment and whisk on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. You’ll know they’re stiff peaks when the whipped cream can stand up on its own and doesn’t fall. Set that aside in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble. You can go in any order here, it doesn’t matter which filling you make first. 

an overhead view of the final product in a pan

To make the cherry filling, add the cherries, lemon juice, white sugar, and cornstarch to a small pot or saucepan. Cook everything on low heat until the cherries have broken down and the mixture becomes jam like. You can mash the cherries with a fork or potato masher as much as you’d like throughout the process. Let this mixture cool completely before starting assembly. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the process. 

When you’re ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 350℉. Bake the base of your black forest cookies for 8-10 minutes until they look mostly evenly baked. They will be a little puffy and more cooked around the edges. Let the cookies cool completely to at least room temperature before adding your fillings. If you try to do this too early you risk the cookies breaking apart and the fillings sliding right off. You can pop them in the fridge as well to cool faster. 

Then, to assemble, take one cookie and add the whipped cream to the flat side that was touching the baking sheet. Take another cookie and add the cherry filling to the same flat side of that cookie. Bring the two cookies together with the fillings touching each other and gently press together. Do this for all the cookies and you now have yourself some delicious black forest cookies! 

How to store 

You can store your black forest cookies in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It’s better to keep them in the fridge because of both the cherry filling and the whipped cream. If you’d like to keep them for longer you can most definitely freeze them. Just store them in a freezer safe bag or container and they will keep well for around 3 months. Keep in mind that they will become a little softer and a little more moist after being in the freezer.

A close up of black forest cookies. The front cookie has a bite taken out.

Black Forest Cookies

These adorable little black forest cookies are so much fun to make and of course delicious! Even though there are a few different elements, the recipe is actually super easy. You’ll be craving these little sandwich cookies like crazy! 
Prep Time35 minutes
Chill Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest, black forest cookies, cake mix, cake mix cookies, cherry, sandwich cookies, whipped cream
Servings: 13 sandwich cookies
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt

Cherry Filling

  • 1.5 cups frozen cherries
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tbsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Add cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla, and salt to a large bowl and gently mix together until well combined.
  • Scoop cookies using a small cookie scoop and let chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • While cookies are chilling, make whipped cream and cherry filling. For the whipped cream, add heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • Whip on medium high until stiff peaks form. Set aside
  • For the cherry filling, add the cherries, lemon juice, white sugar, and cornstarch to a small pot. Cook on low heat until the cherries have completely broken down and the mixture becomes jam like. Mash the cherries along the way as desired. Let cool completely.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes until they look mostly evenly baked.
  • Let the cookies cool completely to at least room temperature before assembling.
  • Take one cookie and add the whipped cream to the flat side. Take another cookie and add the cherry filling to the flat side. Sandwich the two cookies together, filling sides in, and gently press to attach.
  • Assemble all cookies and enjoy!

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