Sunday, April 17, 2011

Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies

Hello, my name is Chelly and I am a chocoholic.  
 These are one of the best chocolate cookies I have ever tasted!  They're rich, chewy, have a brownie flavor and are macaron-like in texture. Since I thought all that chocolate would make these cookies very rich, I didn't make them giant.  I made them normal sized (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) and got about 40 cookies...that is big enough for me!  I cut the baking time down to 10-12 minutes.  I also added a teaspoon of instant coffee.  You don't taste the coffee, but it makes the chocolate taste so much better!    I absolutely loved them!  They got thumbs up from both Don and Alex.  I will definitely make these again.

Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies
Bon Appétit | March 2000
Terrific with cappuccino or ice-cold milk.
Yield: Makes about 18
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 3/4 cups (packed) brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered English toffee bars (such as Heath), coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl; whisk to blend. Stir chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool mixture to lukewarm.
Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in bowl until thick, about 5 minutes. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then toffee and nuts. Chill batter until firm, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto sheets, spacing 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake just until tops are dry and cracked but cookies are still soft to touch, about 15 minutes. Cool on sheets. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)


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