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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will love these, made with bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips, and chopped pecans.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks/1 cup/226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted in a double boiler, or in microwave.
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, OR toasted and cooled unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer and on medium speed, beat the butter until very creamy. Add the brown and granulated sugars, raising the speed to high when the sugar is incorporated, and continue to mix until fluffy, stopping machine and scraping down sides of bowl and under beaters as necessary. Lower speed to medium, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Stop machine, scrape in the melted chocolate, and beat until thoroughly combined. Reduce speed to low, gradually add in the flour mixture, and beat just until combined. Add nuts and chocolate chips, and again beat just until combined. If the dough is soft, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, for 1 to 2 hours.

3. Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

4. Using a small ice cream scoop, divide the dough into mounds, about 2 tablespoons each, forming small balls of dough. (Dough can be rolled, placed on trays, and refrigerated until needed.) Arrange the rolled balls on the prepared baking trays, about 2 inches apart. Bake until slightly firm to the touch, about 15 minutes, reversing trays front to back after 7 to 8 minutes. Remove cookies from trays with a wide metal spatula and cool on wire rack. If reusing a baking tray, cool slightly before arranging balls of dough on it.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Mix the butter and sugars until fluffy.

Beat until all ingredients are combined. If the dough is soft, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

Divide the dough into mounds, and use your hands to form them into balls.

Date: November 18, 2002-Revised on Oct. 30, 2004