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Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

February 9, 2014

And so begins day 1 of the The Great Valentine’s Day Bake-Off! I figured I would start it off with chocolate and end with chocolate. Although the finale recipe is TBD. Any suggestions are welcome!

I’m pretty stoked about these cookies a) because I’ve had chocolate-cherry on my mind ever since that beautiful disaster and b) because it meant I could fill my cookie jar in my new home!

double chocolate cherry cookiesThis is not just any cookie jar. This cookie jar is made from blood, sweat and tears aka 3 hours of gruesome painting at Ceramic Cafe. C and I went there for Valentine’s Day last year set on proving we can spend V-Day doing something other than a Netflix marathon. Which for the record we are damn good at.

The product of this exciting excursion? Our gorgeous owl cookie jar named Louman.

Louman seems like an odd name for a cookie jar (that is if you’re past the fact that we named our cookie jar) but there really is a whole lot of meaning behind the name.

double chocolate cherry cookies 3When C and I were living in NYC we had a doorman from Columbia/Portugal/Croatia -we still have no clue- named Louman who used to share words of wisdom with us as we would walk in and out of our apartment. In particular I appreciated him telling C everyday to treat me like his princess. So when deciding what to name our (wise) owl, Louman just seemed like the perfect fit.

Unfortunately he’s been sitting in a box since last year so it was fun to be able to fill him for the first time. I have a feeling Louman (the real one) will randomly appear in my life with his squinty smile and reminder to live life to the fullest, but in the meantime I’ll keep filling his replacement with cookies 🙂


Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen


  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flaxseed mixed with 3 T warm water)
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 T coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Brand)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make flax egg and set aside.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Combine applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in flax egg.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  6. Add in dried cherries and chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet (12 scoops per sheet).
  8. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 2 mins on baking sheet before removing and letting cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Will keep up to 5 days on counter in an airtight container.

double chocolate cherry cookies 2

Do you have a prized possession with more meaning than meets the eye? What’s your ideal date? An activity or a low-key night in?

*Don’t forget, you have all week to post your VDay treat submission! The link-up will open this Friday February 14th.


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    Sam Brown
    February 9, 2014 at 5:07 am

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them – thanks so much for sharing!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 9, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Because I stalk you and now have heard that….nice voice, I think you post just before I hit the bed… winning.

    Baha are these the cookies you ate for breakfast? No wait it was pie…no wait it was cake. Regardless, this week’s visits on THM will be giving me diabetes. Thanks.
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      Arman @ thebigmansworld
      February 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

      PS Hello picasso. PPS- your ideal date night is a skype date. RIGHT? Actually, skype threesome. Actually, G+some.
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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        February 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

        X rated G+ session…you know it.

        p.s. I probably have diabetes after the cinnamon rolls today
        p.p.s I like you commenting early so I can get them when I wake up.

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    February 9, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I’m not a huge fan of cherrie (I know I know – what’s wrng w/ me right? Ha Ha), but I can always sub them w/ fresh cranberries… yes?

    I’d much rather still in – cook a nice meal together, play some card game and demand for a massage afterwards. Okay maybe not demand, but ask nicely of course 🙂
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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    February 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I just love cherries and chocolate together. Your recipe looks wonderfully scrumptious…and all ingredients that I can stand behind. I love that you find wholesome ways to make delicious treats! Thanks for another great recipe!

    My perfect Valentine’s date depends on the year. Normally I love staying in, but since we’re in NYC we just have to go out! 🙂
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Heather!!! That’s so kind of you to say 🙂

      In my dream world the bf would rent out ABC kitchen in Union Square for VDay…but that will never happen. Dinner at home for us!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I love the idea of going to a ceramic studio thing for a date! Eric and I usually go out for dinner for dates, once in a while a movie….ya. We’re kind of boring.
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    My most prized possession is this scrappy little dog teddy that I got for $1 in NYC when I was about 3 years old. I have no idea what it is about him that I fell in love with, but he’s been my favourite since day 1, and I even sleep with him to this day 😆 I actually lost him in a hotel in LA when I was really young and my parents were ready to offer $2K for whoever found him because I was so distraught. Thankfully he just slipped behind the bed…
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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    February 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Yay, I can go into your blog again!! Glad I didn’t miss these cookies: I love the chocolate + cherry combo, and they look fantastic to me ; )
    That owl jar is gorgeous girl! I want one too!
    My perfect date would obviously involve food and oh hey, theme parks too. Or a gig. Yeah, that’d be perrrrrrfect ; )
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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    These cookies look delicious! I love the chocolate and cherry combo! Awesome start to the bake off. 🙂 Also, I just noticed that you started your blog almost to the exact day as me…I started Feb. 22, 2013. I can’t believe it’s almost been 1 year!!
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Tina I actually got emotional the other day just thinking about it! I know that’s crazy but it’s been incredible to see something I started from scratch turn into more than I ever could have expected or hoped for. I’ve learned so much about myself through experimenting in the kitchen and through blogging. I would not trade it for the world! Happy almost blogiversary! Same day as my baby niece’s birthday too 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

    That is one beeeaaauuutofil little cookie jar, lady! Solo netflix marathon is totes happening this year. With ten of these cookies in hand, duh.
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Let’s get real, you know Netflix will be happening for us too. Three-way cuddle. Shottie middle!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    February 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Your Louman story made me laugh (especially the Columbia/ Portugal/ Croatia part) … you guys crack me up and I’m so glad you’re finally in the same place! I have to say I’m pretty good at sit-on-the-couch “date nights” too!
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

      We still debate where he’s from…I’m pretty sure our wise friend Louman might also be a compulsive liar…ah well! Hope you’re having a blast in Brazil!!!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    February 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Chocolate and cherries are a winning combination in my book! My most prized possession is this box of cards I’ve been collecting since I was a kid. It has all of these letters and cards from friends over the years, and they are all really touching. I’d say the only other thing that means as much to me is all of my pictures from my times abroad. I have thousands of pictures from the 3 times I studied abroad and the ones from Greece mean a lot to me because I got to see some really unique places that are far off the tourist trail. Have a great rest of your weekend, beautiful!
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I love that!!! My grandma did that too and I always used to look through it when I would visit her! If only i’d gotten her organization gene!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    February 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I loved that you talked about the cookie jar! I LOVE OWLS so I was super excited to hear about it and I love back stories! Glad you are able to use it now!!!! 🙂
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    Erin S
    February 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I love the cookie jar and the cookies! Awesome post. I’m so excited to see the other valentines recipes you post. I’m fully expecting to be drooling almost constantly 🙂
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

      And I’m thoroughly expecting to finish the week with either scurvy or diabetes!!! Pie for breakfast ahhhh

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    February 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    You started the Valentine Bake-up right!!!! These Double Chocolate cookies look like the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or any day. Too bad we live so far from each other…. I’d come by for an afternoon snack!
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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    What a wonderful way to remember your wise friend 🙂 And what a way to being the bake-off! Love these!
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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    February 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I love Louman! He’s beautiful. Owls are the best. I have an owl sweater, owl earrings, owl statues….ok, I’m starting to sound like a crazy owl lady so I’ll stop.

    I like a healthy mix of active and very inactive date nights. THe BF and I have been pretty busy lately so we’re planning on having a low key V-day. Cooking a romantic dinner at home together and then watching the Netflix release of House of Cards. We’re very good at Netflix releases too 🙂
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I’m a crazy owl lady too! I figure it’s somewhat more acceptable then cats right!?

      For the record we are totally staying in and watching House of Cards season 2…and then continuing our good wife marathon. I’m okay with it!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    February 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Oh yum. I love chocolate and cherries and when they’re together, they’re the bomb dot com! I also love your little (big?) cookie jar. I’d be making cookies ALL of the time to fill that baby up 😉
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

      It’s gigantic. Like equal size to my stand mixer. I legit have to bake 4 dozen cookies to fill him!

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    February 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Those look tasty!!!
    My ideal date these days involves sweats and not leaving the house – that wasn’t always the case and when it is warmer (and not snowy) that will change – then it will involve sunshine and the boat!!!
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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Aww I love the story behind the cookie jar. Also, it’s adorable!

    John and I tend to go out for dinner, or we stay in and I cook for him. But I can’t wait to hiking with him (read: drag him hiking) when it’s warmer!
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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I love the story of Louman the owl and how he got his name. I think that is too funny and too cute and C should absolutely treat you like a princess, such great advice.

    I love the choc-cherry flavour combo of these cookies, I always think chocolate and cherries goes well together.
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 10, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I love your Louman story! That’s so adorable, I love wise strangers/acquaintances. I’m also jealous you can keep your cookie jar full. John and I eat all of every sweet that enters our home the moment it enters our home… no matter how much there is.
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    February 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    My ideal date is obviously activity, something super spontaneous and kind of unplanned (at least by me). HA not like I’ve went on one of those in a while (which I’m not even mad about, I went on enough dates from age 14-24 that this break has been good).

    I was literally thinking about cherries & chocolate last night… my dad and I went to see Monuments Men then I thought about the Black Forest and thought about Black Forest Cake and obviously it was a long run day and I was hungry. I need to buy dried cherries/frozen cherries to have on hand for emergencies like craving a black forest cake smoothie (that hasn’t been invented by me yet).
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Okay I need all of the details of said dates. I hope you know that I will drill you for them when you visit!

      Also that is a brilliant idea for a smoothie! One of us needs to make it. If I make it first I’m naming it “the cassie” just for you. I’m not making this up…

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    February 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Chocolate and cherries are a delicious combination. Your cookies look lovely!
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    February 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Ok! I am proud to say that I did my baking over the weekend and it did not turn out bad! Nothing too extraordinary but I did it!!
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    Sarah Pie
    February 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    1. That owl is adorable 2. The fact that it comes with a name and a super sweet story makes it even more so 3. Chocolate and Cherries in cookies… I’m in love 🙂 We usually do date night on the couch with a movie and a giant bowl of popcorn, though its fun to get out once in a while!
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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Well the second season of house of cards will be released that day so I’m guessing we’ll be on our invisible couch too. Obviously our couch gets delivered the next day! lol

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