Note to those allergic to nuts: Omitting the nuts will not hurt the recipe! The only time you MUST use nuts in a recipe is when the recipe requires the nuts be ground finely as in almond crescents or a similar recipe. This particular recipe is excellent with or without nuts, particularly if you are a chocoholic!
I have been making these cookies since they were first published back in 2001. They never fail to impress and satisfy. They keep well for over a week and I've even shipped them to my brother stationed in Iraq. He said they were still fantastic 3 weeks after I baked them.
I first saw this recipe in some old magazine more than 10 years ago whose name I can't even recall today. I copied the recipe page and have been baking this several times per year since. This year found the identical recipe at My Recipe and have shared the recipe with all my FB friends and let them find out for themselves how delicious these cookies are. I finally can throw away the yellowing, stained page and have a neater copy printed. This is a genuine crowd pleaser (unless one's allergic to nuts and chocolate), it is rich, very chocolatey, a mouthful of nuts to add texture to the cookie. Eating chocolate has been known to produce endorphin, so, yes, one cookie will elevate your mood.
These are the BEST cookies - one of my favorites and they always disappear off the cookie plate quickly. If you know a chocolate lover - make these for them. They are easy and always come out just like the picture! Yes, they have lots of nuts in them, if you don't like nuts or allergic...pick another cookie but don't rate the recipe low b/c it has nuts and you can't eat them :0!
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