Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 8 hrs

This recipe is from the executive pastry chef, Thomas Haas, of the Senses Bakery in Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun proclaimed it "the best cookie in the world." I just baked it this morning and had it with my morning's like heaven...tastes like a baked truffle! Cooking time is chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb semisweet chocolate or 12 lb bittersweet chocolate (I used Valrhona 70% cocoa)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 13 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 34 cup ground almonds or 34 cup almond meal
  • powdered sugar, for garnish


  1. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over, but not touching, simmering water.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Cut the butter into a few pieces and mix into the chocolate until melted.
  4. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer, gradually adding the sugar until ribbons form (about 4 minutes on medium-high).
  5. Fold in the chocolate-butter mixture.
  6. Gently add the ground almonds.
  7. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  8. Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into 1-inch balls.
  11. Roll the balls in granulated sugar, place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and immediately place in the oven.
  12. Bake until the center of the cookies is no longer wet, 9 to 12 minutes.
  13. When slightly cool, lightly dust the cookies with powdered sugar.


Most Helpful

I found another recipe for Chocolate Sparkle cookies from Thomas Haas which called for 1 T honey to be added at the same time as the 1/3 c. sugar. It also called for 2 t. cocoa powder and a pinch of salt to be added to the ground almonds. All other ingredients and measurements are the same. It did state that 325F was for a convection oven; bake at 375F if using a conventional oven.

swissms December 28, 2008

I made these and the other one that the other reviewer liked better. I prefer this recipe because of the sugar on the outside. I made some with white sparkling sugar sprinkles and some with just granulated sugar. The sugar gives them a unique texture that I think makes this cookie different from other chocolate cookies. Be sure to break any lumps in the almond meal before folding it into the chocolate. Freezes well.

Bibliobethica November 18, 2007

nice texture on the inside, but did not like the sugar on the outside, next time i will try without i would have preferred a crisper outside, but the flavour was very good, will make again

Lani Kai December 08, 2004

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