Friday, March 10, 2006

Chocolate Obsession

Those who know me well, know I am a true chocoholic, with dark chocolate being my clear favorite. I am always on the look-out for really good, chocolaty, cakes and cookies. My "Death By Chocolate Cookie Book" is well-used and abused with cocoa and chocolate splatters on almost every page. Here's my latest find from the Deseret News Food section. Indulge yourself this weekend!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/4 pound coarsely chopped good-quality dark chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and black pepper. Set aside. In a small heatproof bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water, melt the coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter. Let cool slightly. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the melted chocolate mixture with the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips. Line a 17-by-12-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop, drop scoops of the cookie dough onto the parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, until they look flat and the surfaces crack (cookies should still be soft in texture). Let the cookies cool on the parchment on wire cooling racks. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Makes about 3 dozen.
—Recipe created by Chaim Potter, Napa, Calif.


Athena said...

awww, this could be dangerous, LOL!

Calandria said...

Looks great! I can't wait to try it.