Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bittersweet Decadence Cookies

Unless you don't like chocolate (and not everybody does), the name of this recipe alone should be enough to send you to the kitchen. But if it isn't, check this out:

These cookies have been a favorite here for years. We love the slightly crackly outside that covers a soft center with chunks of walnuts and chocolate chips. There is no wrong temperature to serve them at, no wrong time of day to eat them, and no wrong event to take them to. They're always the star of the cookie tray, no matter how enticing you make the shortbread and peanut butter cookies. They're like the friend who has so much personality that no one notices she's a bit homely and everyone wants to sit next to her at dinner.

Bittersweet Decadence Cookies - adapted from Alice Medrich

1/4 cup/70 grams all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups/225 grams bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chips)
2 tablespoons/28 grams unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup/95 grams sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups/200 grams walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup/175 grams bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks (I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chips)

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350℉. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir with a small whisk to combine. Set aside.

Place the 1 1/3 cups of chocolate and the butter in a large heatproof bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water (you can also use a double boiler) and stir frequently just until melted and smooth. Remove the chocolate from the skillet and set it aside. Leave the heat on under the skillet.

In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together thoroughly. Set the bowl in the skillet and stir until the mixture is lukewarm to the touch. Stir the eggs into the warm but not hot chocolate. Stir the flour mixture, then the nuts and chocolate chunks.

Scoop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter 1 1/2 inches apart on to the cookie sheets. Bake until the surface of the cookies looks dry and set but the center is still gooey, 12 to 14 minutes. If you used parchment paper, carefully slide the cookies, still on the parchment, onto racks or set the pans on the racks. Otherwise, let the cookies firm up on the pans for a minute, then transfer them to racks with a spatula. Let cool completely. Store in a tightly sealed container.


Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cookies looks wonderful

Anonymous said...

Yum, and not homely! I am so hooked on those Ghirardelli chips. Kayte is really missing out on this chocolate thing.

Katrina said...

Yum! I feel like I've made these, but since I'm not sure, I'll have to make them anyway. ;)

Comfy Cook said...

I really can't come here. You always have something I want to make and of course to eat. Don't you know, these have calories? Groan.

Yes, I have to make these. Should I thank you? Where is a smiley face when you need one?

margot said...

Yum! These look like the perfect cookie to satisfy a serious chocolate craving. I'm putting them on my to-make list.

TeaLady said...

Love the reference to YOU KNOW WHO!!

Chocolate Decadence!! Title says it all.

Tracey said...

These have Shane's name written all over them! He keeps asking for chocolate cookies so I'll be trying these soon :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the combination o fnuts and chocolate! Gosh these look so go.

Cindy said...

Wow! I think I'm in love!

Di said...

Mmm. Your blog is a dangerous place to visit this week, with all these fantastic chocolate treats. This one was already on my list to make. (It just keeps getting longer and longer...)