Wednesday, November 14, 2007

#14 Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Usually I don't like a heavy heavy chocolate chunk cookie. But these ones are pretty good. I recommend them for an addition to the holiday treats plate you give out!

chocolate chocolate

Begin with 11 ounces of semisweet chocolate, the darker the better, chopped

Melt 8 ounces of it in the microwave. Have ready to use.

Other ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup chopped and toasted hazlenuts (filberts)

Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs and combine. Stir in the melted chocolate. Sift dry ingredients together and add to the chocolate mixture. Add in nuts and remaining chopped chocolate.

Drop batter using a scant 1/4 cup on baking sheet that has been buttered. Bake one sheet at a time at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops of the cookies have a dull sheen. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and the transfer cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Makes 15 cookies.

I double this recipe when I make it and halve the size of the cookies. I like small chocolate-y bites!