Dec 9, 2012

Chocolate Whoppers #SundaySupper

Every once in a while there comes a recipe that is everything you hoped for.

Even though you expected to be dissappointed due to the ridiculous high expectations that grew from reading so many these-are-the-best comments everywhere, or the fact that at one time there was a famous restaurant in NYC during the 80's that couldn't keep up with the demand, or when you read that this fabulous lady customized her famous brownies from those famous cookies, yes, you prepare yourself for a bit of a letdown. 
Which never happens. If you haven't already come upon these cookies you're in for a treat. Lucky you.

We're having a cookie exchange at the Sunday Supper table today. Just when you thought you'd run out of cookie ideas we're bringing a truckload to your doorstep.

And we have a special guest, Janet K. Keeler, author of Cookielicious, who will be joining us tonight at 7pm EST, to chat on twitter, where five of her books will be given away. 
How's that for holiday spirit?

This is the kind of cookie recipe that makes me want to have a blog that gets a million visits a day, so to make sure everyone is able to read about it. Oh, I'm no treasure finder here, I´m just the messenger.

If you're ever going to make these fantastic chocolate cookies don't look at the recipe, except to buy the ingredients. It doesn't make sense. Halfway through the recipe it makes even less sense. 
And when you've finally mixed everything together you'll be certain there is a mistake. Like I forgot to put the whole amount of flour or sugar.

This is chocolate, a lot, and nuts with a decent amount of sugar, little butter and almost no flour. Yet, the brownie like batter bakes just fine and develops a shiny and crackly surface that is just gorgeous.
This is the ultimate, dare I use that word? really? cookie for the dark chocolate lover. If you, like me, think coffee makes anything chocolate a bit better, then the bar is raised even more.

After a few days of storing these dark beauties, they harden and turn somewhat powdery when you bite them. A completely different thing from the first day, but incredibly good.
I could go on forever about these, but I really, really think you should give them a try. Said by the blogger who wrote she isn't really interested in cookies...

from Cookies, by Maida Heatter

A silpat is what works best when lining the baking sheet. You can substitute hazelnuts for the walnuts and pecans. The better the chocolate the better the cookie. I use Callebaut 70%

Make about 2 dozen cookies 


8oz (225g) bittersweet chocolate
3oz (85g) unsalted butter
¼ cup sifted all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking tray with silpat.
Melt chocolate and butter and reserve. In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, coffee and vanilla for 1 or 2 minutes. Add chocolate and mix well.
Add flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Add chocolate chunks, walnuts and pecans.
Drop tablespoons of this mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them. Do not press down.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until shiny and crackly. The middle of the cookies will be soft.
Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the baking sheets.
Store in an airtight tin.

The Sunday Supper list of Favorite Cookies:

Check out Cookielicious by Food Editor Janet K. Keeler from The Tampa Bay Times now while there is a special… Buy One Cookielicious Cookbook and get one for a friend!

Do you have a favorite cookie to take to a Cookie Exchange?  Please join on us on Twitter throughout today.

In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange live chat.

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your recipe for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.


  1. These look so glossy and fabulous, Paula! Perfect for the holidays!!!

    OK...I'll "try" to explain the rosette iron...LOL. When you dip the iron into the batter, it adheres to both the inside and outside and bottom surfaces of the iron. So the open areas form where the spaces are and the cookie forms on those 3 surface areas. I think I've just confused myself!!! :/

    1. The dipping part explains it all! I thought you had to fill an iron, sort of like a waffle...

  2. These look fabulous! I grew up in Oklahoma and the holidays just weren't the holidays without delicious treats stuffed to the brim with pecans :) This recipe totally takes me back

  3. Paula, these look out-of-this-world delicious!! Gorgeous pictures!

  4. These look fabulous! I can't wait to try these!

  5. Well, I'm sold! They sound amazing. And seeing that they are by "the queen" (Maida Heatter) herself, I am not surprised. Beautiful, Paula!

  6. Love these amazing cookies and the gorgeous pics make me want them right now :)

  7. Oh those crackly shiny cookies are so beautiful! There really isn't much flour in the dough. Wow. Intriguing. Sound fun to make. And oh....they must be incredible when they are still warm from the oven.

  8. Mmmmmm! The photos you have of your cookies here are fantastic. I am seriously drooling over these!

  9. These cookies look overflowing with flavour :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Pretty sure you convinced me I need these in my life!

  11. These have MY name on them :) Anything, and everything I love. Yum! They sound absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing! ~ Bea

  12. With the small amount of flour, I bet these would be easy to make gluten free and they sound amazing.

  13. Paula, I always love reading what you write. I feel like I'm listening to a good friend describe something so beautifully and in such an entertaining fashion. And you've totally got me sold on these cookies, not only with your gorgeous photos but with your delicious description. These cookies are beautiful - I love their glossy, crackly, chocolatey tops. I don't know if they'd even make it to a second day in my household!

  14. These look so delicious. The photos are amazing.

  15. Wow. If I just read the recipe by itself, I would think "big deal." But after your post and photos, I'm dying to try these cookies!

  16. These are gorgeous I would love to try.

  17. These look so very good and I love nuts in cookies and you have two different kinds. Gorgeous pictures too!

  18. When I saw the recipe was from Maida Heatter I knew the recipe was fantastic! Her cookie cookbook is one of my favorites. Can't wait to try this fantastic chocolate cookie!

  19. The pecans sound delicious in these cookies.

  20. These cookies look amazing. What an amazing Sunday Suppers cookie exchange idea. They reminded me of a flourless chocolate cookie I make, though rarely. I see you got very little flour so that explain that wonderful texture.

  21. paula, these look like childhood innocence - cookies and milk! - and the most sinful thing EVER. they actually look like mini brownies with that crackly shiny surface. amazing!

  22. These look and sound amazing--that shiny-crackly top makes it look like a brownie!

  23. Oh, wow, walnuts AND pecans! Awesome!

  24. My husband would love these! Wonderful.

  25. I'm loving everything about these chocolatey nutty cookies. Gosh I think I may check my pantry to see if I have the ingredients. Your photos truly make these cookies irresistible.

  26. ¡¡Qué buen aspecto tienen!! Y con el vaso de leche fría al lado... ¡¡ten por seguro que las probaré!!

  27. Um, these look amazing! I'm salivating over these babies. I want one so bad!

  28. These look fantastic, Paula. Love the crackly top!

  29. Chocolate and more chocolate! Love it!

  30. Yummm - these cookies look like perfection!

  31. Wow do those look scrumptious! I LOVE pecans! Thanks for sharing.

  32. The tops of the cookies are amazing looking. Yum!

  33. Oh wow these cookies look so amazing, my husband's favourite nut is pecans so I know he would love them

  34. I love the name of the cookie! Those cookies sound pretty fantastic, and your addition of coffee makes them that much better! YUM, Hugs, Terra

  35. These are perfect for those chocolate cravings I occasionally get..well more then occasionally...

  36. I would LOVE to include these in my "friday link" roundup.
    OK to steal a photo? If not, please email me and I'll just do the link.
    Wonderful recipe!

  37. The cookies look fabulous... your photography is amazing and I want that table... I am in love!


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