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Friday, December 10, 2010

La Cuisine Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are one of the best things to come out of my marriage to Ryan. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration...Ryan's pretty great all cookies aside, but they certainly deserve a spot on the list. My first Thanksgiving spent with Ryan's family, his aunt made these cookies and I did not stop thinking about them for two years until we returned for another family Thanksgiving. This time, I had the sense to ask Aunt Julie for the recipe. I didn't want to spend another two years wistfully remembering how good these cookies are.

Unfortunately, despite following Julie's recipe exactly, my cookies did not turn out like Julie's. Don't you hate it when that happens?! While they were still quite good, they lacked the size and texture Julie has managed to perfect. I made two batches of them, first with walnuts, then with pecans, and neither turned out like Julie's. I have a hunch it had to do with my melting the chocolate and butter over the double boiler. Perhaps I tried to melt too quickly and overheated the chocolate?! Typical, impatient Natalie! Still, I can't resist sharing the recipe with you. I'm hoping it was just a fluke that mine came out funky and I hope you give it a go...I know I'll be making them again. Identical to Julie's or not, they still had that rich chocolate flavor I find irresistible.

La Cuisine Chocolate Cookies

-1 stick butter
-1 bag (12 oz.) chocolate chips
-1 can sweetened condensed milk
-1 cup flour
-1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

1. Over a double boiler, melt butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk.
2. Remove from heat and stir in flour and nuts.
3. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until the tops are crackly.