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Found this adaptation of a Jacques Torres recipe on The Washington Post. Rich chocolate, toasted nuts, fast to come together - this one has a place on our Christmas cookie trays for sure. Using 2 cookie sheets, this recipe should be cooked up in 2 batches, each 16 to 18 minutes.
- 1 1⁄4 cups walnut halves (plus 1 tablespoon, whole macadamia nuts good too)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (foam skimmed and discarded)
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
- 2 lbs dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (bittersweet, at least 60 percent cocoa)
- 2 1⁄4 cups sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
- 5 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup flour, plus 3 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the nuts in a single layer on the sheet; bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and drizzle with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter; set aside to cool while you make the cookie dough.
- Melt the unsweetened chocolate with half of the chopped dark chocolate in a microwave oven or in a bowl over hot water on the stove. Use 15 second bursts on the microwave & stir well between pulses. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Combine the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.
- Add the eggs one at a time, then stop to add the flour, baking powder and salt; beat until well combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
- Coarsely chop the cooled and buttered nuts, then add them to the mixing bowl along with the melted chocolate and the remaining chopped dark chocolate; stir by hand to combine. The dough will be quite stiff.
- Place a new sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet. Spoon small mounds (a generous 1 1/2 tablespoons) of the dough onto the sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes; the cookie tops will crack; that's okay. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before serving or storing.