Chocolate Extremes

A very rich and chocolatey cookie from The NY Times. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! I think it is one of the best cookies.  A perfect combination of chocolates and pecans. I made 33 cookies of my usual size and look forward to sharing them with friends and neighbors.

9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably Valrhona, finely chopped, plus 6 ounces cut into 1/2inch chunks, or any other kind of chocolate, I used milk chocolate chips

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon brewed espresso

2 large eggs, at room temperature

7 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

7 tablespoons sifted cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups coarsely chopped pecans.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, combine the finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, butter and espresso. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine eggs and sugar and whip until the mixture is light in color and increases substantially in volume, about 10 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the melted chocolate. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder and fold them into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chunks. Line two-three cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto the paper, leaving about 2 inches between each. Bake until the cookies are slightly puffed and cracked on the outside but gooey inside, about 10 to 14 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets.

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