Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sinner's Chocolate and Walnut Cookies

My friend Pat (like in Pat in the hat) has a husband. Go figure. Nevertheless he was not excited  about the Chocolate-bakon cookies I posted before. He just doesn't get the whole salty/sweet experience.

To honor my friend's husband wishes today I am sharing the Mother of all chocolate/walnut cookies. 

These are not for the faint of heart as they contain a quarter of a kilo of chocolate, that is about 20 grams of 76% Equatorian chocolate EACH!...and then there are the walnuts...

I baked these last week on Monday. By Thursday they were all gone... I blame the wife because the cats are unable to lift the glass lid. 

I have said it before: you can go through life just surviving or you can live your life to the full extent. I go for the last, so I don't feel guilty when I eat them (and they are really irresistible). One is going to die anyways...why not go with the chocolate flavor in your mouth?.

In the other hand we know who is the sinner in my house...

Sinner's Chocolate and Walnut Cookies



Cooking Time: 30 Minutes   Makes 24 servings

Ingredients

60 g Semi sweet melted chocolate

1/2 Cup Butter, room temperature

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 Egg lightly beaten

1 Tsp Vanilla extract

1/4 Kosher Salt

1/4 Cup Milk, room temperature

1/2 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

2 Cups Flour, sifted

1 Tsp Baking powder

250 g Semi sweet chocolate , cut into rough and not that small pieces

3/4 Cup Walnuts, roughly chopped



Cooking Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350˚F

2 Melt the 60 grams of chocolate and reserve

3. In a big bowl we mix the butter with the sugar (I use a mixer…but if you want to build muscle…then doit by hand) until you get a smooth light yellow paste.

4. Add the beaten egg and continue mixing. 

5. Add the melted chocolate, the vanilla, the salt and the milk and continue mixing until well incorporated.

6. Add the confectioner’s sugar and baking powder and mix until incorporated. By now the dough is kind of a paste…don’t worry, that is what we are looking for.

7. Now, fold (by hand…sorry) the 250 grams (!!!) of chocolate and the chopped walnuts and fold again. It looks like a lot of chocolate, but hey, there is only one life to live.

8. Cover with parchment paper a baking sheet and use a tablespoon to drop the dough in the baking sheet. The tablespoon needs to be a bit overflown. We can fit 12 cookies per sheet, so we’ll repeat this step twice to get the 24 cookies.

9. We put them in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes (10 is the max!). The cookies will look a bit soft but will harden as soon as they cool down.

10. Once removed from the oven, we let the cookies sit for 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then we move them to a cooling rack.

11. We repeat the process to do the second batch.

12. Once all the cookies are ready, be ready to succumb to their chocolate aroma…you will not be able to resist. Be weak…


13. Enjoy!