Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound good-quality dark chocolate: 4 ounces coarsely chopped and another 4 ounces cut into 1/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Begin by chopping one of your 4 oz. chocolate bars into chunks. Meanwhile, prepare your double boiler by filling a medium sized pot with a little water. Fill about 2 inches from the bottom. Then place your pot on the stove top at medium/high heat until water begins to boil, lower your heat to medium/low so that the water is at a low simmer. A simmer is a less aggressive boil containing very small bubbles. Put the chocolate and butter in a large bowl and place on top of the pot so it sits comfortably and the heat from the water is trapped in between the pot and the bowl. Whisk the chocolate and butter until it has completely melted. This method gently heats and melts your chocolate and butter together. Remove the chocolate from the pot and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until combined and set aside. In an electric mixer, combine the melted chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed until the ingredients are combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in the flour mixture. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
3. Meanwhile, chop your other 4 oz. chocolate bar into little 1/4 inch chunks. Add the chocolate chunks and chocolate chips to your batter. Manually stir them into your batter.
4. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets with butter. With a spoon, drop the batter, spacing 2 inches apart. Your dough should be about 1.5 inches in diameter. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are flat, soft, and surfaces have cracked. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!
Yields: 2 dozen
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