In 'honor' of Valentine's Day (or at least all those with an undying sweet tooth or chocolate obsession), I wanted to share my recipe for Fudge Ecstasies. They don't have any illegal substances in them, but they're just as good ;) and they're a huge hit with my chocolate-loving friends.
- 12 oz pkg (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate (NOT bittersweet)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1 pinch (about 1/8 tsp) salt
In a heavy saucepan (or double boiler), heat 1 cup chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and butter until melted. Transfer to a large mixer bowl and cool slightly. Temper in eggs. (If you pour them straight into the hot mixture without equalizing the temperatures they'll scramble!) Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat well. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Add remaining chocolate chips (and nuts, if desired).
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 F oven for 8-10 minutes. Cool 1 min on cookie sheet then remove to a cooling rack.
Notes: I like these cookies without nuts, and I find that they are best fresh and warm. Once you make the 'dough', you must make the cookies, as storing it in the refrigerator overnight will cause the cocoa solids and the cocoa butter to separate. The dough will thicken over time, so if you find it hard to deal with (it's just messy), wait a bit and come back to it.