Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Compared to fresh fruits and dried fruits, freeze dried fruits are not really all that flavorful. But they do have some advantages over their juicier counterparts. For instance, they can be stored pretty much indefinitely without spoiling. They can also be worked into recipes where other types of fruit just won’t work out. This property turns out to be a great advantage when you like to play with flavors. You certainly could chop up a strawberry and put it into some chocolate chip cookie dough, you’ll end up with a cookie that might be a little too soft and strawberries that might be a little too watery/mushy after baking. Freeze dried strawberries, by contrast, can be stirred into just about any dough, adding color and flavor without altering the consistency of the original recipe.

I used this method – and a bag a freeze dried strawberries – to make these Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies. Their flavor was more muted than that of a regular strawberry, but it was still distinct and made a nice change from the standard chocolate chip cookie. I was also able to use a lot of berries because the dried berries mixed into the cookie dough very easily, rather like adding a handful of oats. I used my hand mixer to stir them in. Don’t be worried if the mixer breaks up the berries! This just distributes the flavor more evenly throughout the dough.

I loved the fact that you could taste the strawberries while the cookies retained their chewy, chocolate chip cookie consistency. The baking time given below should give you a soft/chewy cookie after they cool down to room temperature, but you could bake them for another minute or two if you prefer a crisper cookie. The chocolate does have a stronger flavor than the berries, so don’t go overboard with the quantity of chocolate chips in this cookie or you’ll end up with only a hint of strawberry flavor in the end result.


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
2 cups freeze dried strawberries
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla and honey. Gradually blend in dry ingredients, followed by freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chips (don’t worry about breaking up the strawberries; stir them vigorously!).
Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and are set. Bake an extra minute or two for a crisper cookie.
Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 3-4 dozen

35 comments

  1. I have been trying to buy some freeze dried strawberries/raspberries for ages, nowhere near me seems to sell them and the post in my area is so rubbish I’m scared to order them online :(

    These look great, I shall have to scour shops further afield!

  2. I both love strawberries and chocolate. I must try this recipe.
    Iffet

  3. I love freeze dried berries! They’re so addicing, I don’t think they would make it into cookie dough before I eat then all.

  4. I don’t think I have ever seen strawberries and chocolate paired in a cookie, but they sound perfect together!

  5. Mmmm this looks like a great spring/summer twist on an old, beloved classic!

    I’ve been trying to think up a cookie that’s fun to bake but will also satisfy a very picky friend- this just may be the winner =)

    Where did you end up finding freeze dried strawberries?

  6. These cookies sound and look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I will HAVE to try them.

  7. These cookies are so intriguing! I love the flavor or chocolate and strawberries but I never thought to incorporate them into a cookie! thanks for the recipe.

  8. Cool idea! I love raspberry and chocolate so I be that would be good too.

  9. Chocolate and Strawberries- the best combination! Why don’t more people make these!? These are definately on my “to-bake” list.

  10. These cookies look incredible, Nicole!! I love the idea of having strawberries in the cookie dough. Delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  11. I like to put dried cherries in my chocolate chip cookies. But you have to make sure to get the tart kind. I’ll have to try the strawberries.

  12. Never thought about putting strawberries in cookies….I will have to try it out….. :)
    Great photos.

  13. As soon as I pick strawberries in June I’m making this recipe!

  14. Wow, I had just picked up a bag of dehydrated strawberries the day you posted this recipe. I made your recipe subbing half white and half milk chocolate chips . They were great. Son thinks they taste like a strawberry milkshake. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. These cookies sound wonderful. A great way to use strawberries without too much moisture.

  16. What a great combination. I never thought to use freeze dried fruit in baking. The only time I really ever think of freeze dried strawberries are in things like cereal. I will definitely have to remember this idea.

  17. Chocolate and strawberries together in a cookie — what could be better than that?

  18. What a fantastic idea! I never thought about using frozen berries in chocolate chip cookies.

  19. delicious cookie.

  20. Annie – This recipe doesn’t actually call for frozen berries, it calls for freeze-dried berries, which are completely dehydrated and have almost no moisture to them, unlike frozen berries.

  21. What a simple yet creative idea! Although I pair chocolate and strawberries quite often, I never thought of pairing them in a cookie! There are some amazing recipes that combine cookies with fresh fruits at Dove Chocolate Discoveries webpage but this frozen dried strawberries and chocolate chip cookie idea sounds divine too! I will try them asap. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I must admit, I’ve never thought of pairing strawberries & chocolate in a cookie either! I think I might try using white chocolate chips instead so the flavor of the strawberries is a little more distinct. Yummy!

  23. Those look fantastic…I think I’ll make a batch this weekend :)

  24. I’ve never thought of putting chocolate and strawberries together in a cookie, but it makes perfect sense!

  25. These cookies are so very, very good. My best friend baked these from this recipe and gave me some when I babysat her daughter. The cookies didn’t last very long, I ate them so fast.

    They were definitely addicting!

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.. I highly recommend people trying this!

  26. I;m so glad I found this recipe! YUMMMM

  27. nice chips but it would be not good tasting when it is not properly sealed or stored

  28. I like the sound of using dried strawberries in cookies! They look great!

  29. must the strawberries be diced up?

  30. You can get freeze dried strawberries in the baby food aisle at the grocery from Gerber for toddlers. They eat it like a snack, but you can just put them in your cookies.

  31. Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze dried ones? cuz the only freeze dried fruit I can find are cranberries n I’m not sure how that will taste!

  32. i know they sell dried strawberry’s at target

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