The Accidental Locavore learned that the former lover of an old friend died last week. It was definitely depression and probably suicide, in a life that sadly took a wrong turn a decade ago.
Rather than dwell on the unhappiness that overcame her and caused us to lose touch, I’m going to focus on the good days and times. Hanging out, skating, the Japanese place on East 86th, and especially the dinners at my place or Paul’s–dinners that were often just an excuse to have Nancy make a batch of these amazing cookies! It’s been a long time since I’ve had these, but I’m pulling out the cookie sheets and you should too. This makes about 12 cookies.
- 2 ounces unsweetened (baking) chocolate
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup sifted flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee
- 6 ounces chocolate chips
- 8 ounces walnuts or pecans, chopped
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
With an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and coffee on high speed. Reduce to low speed and add chocolate/butter mixture. Add sifted ingredients and mix just until smooth. By hand, stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoon-sized cookies on sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until top of cookies get a cracked look. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve and enjoy!
My verdict: I had forgotten how good these cookies were! Frank tried them and loved them! They’re like a cookie version of a really good brownie, or molten chocolate cake. . I left the nuts out as I’ve had allergies, but they would be a great addition. I also left the coffee out as I like my chocolate unadulterated, but if you feel differently…While cookies aren’t a part of my normal repertoire, these are classics and like Nancy, shouldn’t be forgotten.
Update: I’ve made these at least four times recently, and they continue to be great! Recently, a friend said that he had melted the chocolate and butter in the microwave, so I tried it. About 90 seconds, but do it in 30 second increments.
Nancy’s recipe has this at the bottom: DISCLAIMER: Not responsible for anyone’s actions after cookies have been consumed!!!