My favorite cookbook hands down is Death By Chocolate by Marcel Desaulniers. I can’t say that I’ve actually made more than 10 of the 30 or so recipes, but every recipe I have tried is my new favorite. These triple chocolate cookies are one of those favorites.
They are dark, extra chocolatey, soft with just a slightly crisp outer layer, and they are just a tiny bit salty. Can you think of a more perfect cookie? You can? It’s missing something perhaps? I know, some of you out there are literally jumping up and down shouting…”Where the heck are the nuts?” What was SHE THINKING?
I know you can come along with me on all sorts of crazy foodie journeys, but now I may have just went too far. How could an almost perfect chocolate cookie have gone so awry? You are starting to think I am an impostor chocoholic, but fear not, I am not an impostor, and I do have my reasons (sketchy as they may be) for leaving them out.
If you have been following along my blog as of late you are aware that my immediate family (kids and hubby) are anti-nuts. Seriously! That just bites! I love them (fam. and nuts…that may be synonomous) myself, but sometimes, when I am trying to be “good” and not eat a whole plateful of something devilish and calorie laden, I purposely make it just short of perfect…i.e. leaving out the nuts. Then I don’t feel as tempted.
There’s one BIG problem with this whole scenario…If my dad is reading this blog while on his weekend trip, he is actually shouting at the screen right about now and I should be expecting a disgruntled call shortly. He doesn’t believe in eating anything cookie-like or brownie-ish without nuts, and he lives within 10 minutes of my house so, naturally, he always expects me to share my baking wonders with him— he who is the biggest chocoholic of our clan. Leaving out the nuts is like the ultimate sin, and I, therefore, am the ultimate sinner.
One time, when I was just dating my now husband, I had baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies sans nuts. My boyfriend didn’t like nuts, and I was planning to give most of them to him. BIG MISTAKE. My dad didn’t talk to me for the rest of the day. He was actually pretty upset. If I were to get an F on a test, he would have been fine, but leave the nuts out of the cookies and all he!! breaks loose.
I don’t really think it was the nutless cookies that sent him over the edge, but perhaps it was the fact that his daughter had made some kind of choice, no matter how small, in favor of the boyfriend and not dad. OUCH! Now that I have a teenager, I can see how that could really send a stab through the old parental heart. Maybe there was a symbolic death that day from the no-nut cookies, but somehow we both lived through it.
Today, on the other hand, may be a different story. Before this blog, I was able to secretly bake a batch of cookies without the nuts and he would never know the wiser, but here I am shouting to the world that my devastatingly delicious (I never claimed to be humble) cookies are nut-less. I think I had better quickly go make a second batch with nuts. OK DAD? Did you read that? Are we good now?
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Deep Dark Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Adapted from Death By Chocolate by Marcel Desaulniers
Makes 24-30 cookies
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2 ounce pieces
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. tightly packed light brown sugar
1 stick + 6 tablespoons (14 T. total) of unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1 c. chocolate chips
AND FOR THE NUT LOVERS…Add 3/4 c. chopped nuts of your choice (walnuts or pecans would be mine!)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In the top of a double boiler, melt your unsweetened chocolate and the 8 ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Set aside the chocolate to cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed. Then add one egg at a time, creaming in-between each egg. Add vanilla and combine. Add semi-cooled, melted chocolate and cream together. Dump 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the sugar and chocolate mixture, mix, and then add the last 1/2 of the dry ingredients mixing again until all of the ingredients are well combined. Don’t over mix. Add your 1 c. of chocolate chips and stir together. Drop batter in small icecream scoop fulls onto baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Spray coating is not a good idea for cookies in general. It tends to encourage the cookie to spread out and thin out. Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies are still soft when touched but not gooey. They will harden and continue to cook a bit while it cools.
October 14, 2011 at 6:27 am
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Death by Chocolate was my very first cookbook. Every time you post something from it, I think to myself “why haven’t I made anything from that in YEARS?!” Maybe this weekend is the weekend. For real! These look, so so good!
October 14, 2011 at 6:28 am
These look similar to the cookies I made for Miss A’s birthday. They are her favorites too. 🙂
October 14, 2011 at 6:34 am
These look so good and it’s probably more delish with nuts in them!
October 14, 2011 at 6:51 am
With or without nuts, I had better have a purpose in mind when I bake these. They’ll never make it out of the kitchen otherwise.
October 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Me too, me too.
October 14, 2011 at 7:00 am
You just keep upping the ante, m’dear. And I think I’d like them better without nuts – so you can just enjoy the pure chocolateness. And I do love my pure chocolateness. Another one on my list. 🙂
October 14, 2011 at 7:13 am
That’s a pure chocolate indulgence!
October 14, 2011 at 7:28 am
I would prefer sans nuts too. Sorry Geni’s Dad!
How many cookies did this recipe make? It seems like a lot.
I so want one of those cookies scoop things.
October 14, 2011 at 8:11 am
About two dozen. As for the scoop, I just use a medium-sized Ice cream scoop and it works great.
October 14, 2011 at 7:39 am
How am I not surprised that would be one of your favorite cookbooks! The Queen of Chocolate! Count me in for the nuts!! This is pure indulgence, I’m saving this for my next chocolate urge!!
October 14, 2011 at 8:05 am
These are just fine without nuts. I don’t like walnuts, but enjoy pecans. Just letting you know for when you mail out the Christmas cookies.
October 14, 2011 at 8:25 am
That’s okay that there are no nuts because so many of my chocoholic friends are allergic to nuts!
October 14, 2011 at 8:56 am
My daughters will fall in love with these cookies!
October 14, 2011 at 10:02 am
The recipe sounds divine. Not meaning to be sacrilegious, of course (I’m talking to you, Geni’s dad!), but let’s face it, the world is pretty deeply divided when it comes to the nut-or-no-nut controversy. I’m quite happy to go either way, and if it’s chocolaty goodness we’re talking about, these cookies sound like they MORE than make up in full-on chocolate for anything anyone might otherwise miss. Eat a handful of nuts alongside, if you must, but the lack of nut content in this recipe is in no way going to impede my enjoyment of them, I’m quite certain!
I love the way you tell the tale, though–cracked me up right through. Thanks for both the recipe and the good cheer!!
October 14, 2011 at 10:17 am
Glad to crack you up. I usually am going for humor here and great food. Thanks Kathryn!
October 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm
I can’t believe that I’ve not heard of Death by Chocolate before? I love how large the plump chocolate batter looks on the sheet, I could eat it just like that…
October 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm
You and me both!
October 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Funny post 🙂 My father-in-law wants nuts in EVERYTHING too! I hear ya!
October 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Oh my goodness! I know what you mean about books like that too!
October 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm
Oh yum, those pictures make me want to reach out and grab a cookie…! They would be great with a glass of cold milk!
October 15, 2011 at 9:21 am
Glad I found your blog! The cookies look just perfect and I can live with out the nuts unless it’s macadamia, those are my fav nuts! I’m excited to be a subscriber and folllowing you on Twitter also…
Take care and have an awesome weekend…
October 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Thanks so much for the visit, Geni! I’m so glad I followed you back here so I could find this amazing cookies. I’d love to try them…with nuts.
October 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm
These cookies look amazing. Im pretty sure all the chocolately goodness more than makes up for the nutlessness.
October 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Tell that to my dad!
October 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm
MMMM, I want one now, what delicious beautiful treats, I would love them without the nuts, and not hold a grudge. I am following you on TWITTER.
October 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm
walnuts are the best, but macadamia or pistachios would probably be cool as well.
October 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Ahh look at that chocolate and no I don’t think you’ve gone crazy. Honestly, I don’t like nuts in my cookies or brownies. Don’t ask me why .. but I just don’t This recipe is perfect for a choco-aholic like me.
October 16, 2011 at 1:27 am
What a way to go!!! They look so rich and chocolate filled…fudgy biscuits. 1st Prize my friend! x
October 16, 2011 at 8:12 am
These cookies look great! It’s funny, though. I just posted this morning about living in a family that doesn’t like raisins in their baking. Nuts, I could live without, but raisins? It breaks my heart.
October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Wow, that’s so chocolatey good!
Will follow you now on twitter and I hope you win the contest. good luck!
October 17, 2011 at 11:07 am
You made me laugh with your dad’s angry call
I get such calls from mum 🙂
heading to twitter to follow you
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