Nutty Chocolate Cookies.
I described these as having an abundance of chocolate. They also have an abundance of goodness.
These are some of the best cookies I’ve ever baked. Coming from a cookie-aholic like myself, that’s really saying something.
The beauty of these cookies is that they have very simple ingredients – mostly chocolate & nuts – combined for a HUGE impact.
It’s sort of a brownie meets cookie situation.
AND for more good news, you can make them with regular all-purpose flour OR make them Gluten Free with GF all-purpose flour. I challenge you to even tell the difference. I made 2 batches and as far as I know, no one could tell which ones were regular and which were gluten free. Of course, everyone was too busy eating cookies to comment…
Here’s what you need:
Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Walnuts, Pecan Halves, Eggs, Butter, Flour (Regular or GF), Sugar, Vanilla, Instant Espresso Powder, Baking Powder, and Salt.
You will also need Parchment Paper (not pictured) to line the pans. These cookies will stick and break without parchment or a silicone liner.
To melt the chocolate, you need to make a double boiler. All this means is that you find a medium sized pot and fill it with an inch or so of water. Find a bowl that fits on top of the pot for melting the chocolate.
If you have a choice, choose a bowl just slightly larger than the pot so that you can get a good grip on it for stirring the chocolate and also so you don’t accidentally steam your fingers when the water below starts simmering.
For this recipe you need 14 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips. I highly recommend the Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chips. They have really good chocolate flavor without being weirdly waxy. (And no, no one is paying me to say that, although if there was ever going to be someone to advertise on my website, chocolate or bourbon would be good places to start.)
If you don’t have a scale, 14 ounces of these particular chips equal about 2¼ cups. That’s a few ounces more than the 12 ounce bag so be warned, you will have an open bag of chocolate chips after you make these cookies. As my husband likes to say, “Govern yourselves accordingly…”
As I like to say, “Please pass the chocolate chips.”