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Recipe: chocolate truffle cookies

I don’t really like to bake and often end up scraping stuff I try to bake into the trash when I burn it or it doesn’t turn out right.  I thought I’d try this recipe because it seemed really easy and it got good reviews.  But be warned: this is not for the faint of heart!  You must love extremely rich chocolate desserts if you’re going to make these cookies.  They are delicious, but eating just one made my teeth hurt!  It should be renamed “death by chocolate truffle cookies!”

Chocolate truffle cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Makes 36 cookies

  • 4 1-oz squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes.  (Insert praise for Kitchaid mixer here.  If I tried these in China my arm would probably have fallen off!) Stir in the vanilla and the chocolate mixture until well mixed.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the chocolate mixture.  Fold in the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.  Cover dough and chill for at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll chilled dough into 1″ balls.  (I don’t like to get my hand messy rolling dough so I just plopped them down using two spoons and spread them out a bit, and they turned out fine.) Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart.
  3. Bake for 7-8 minutes in preheated oven.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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