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Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies

Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

 

 

Prep and Cook time 50 mins
Chill and Cool time 2 hrs, 30 mins
Yield

Makes 16 sandwich cookies

Prepare to abandon all restraint when you try one of these cookies made with melted chocolate and chocolate chips and layered with a chocolate ganache filling.

Ingredients

  • Cookies
  • 10 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • Ganache
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 433
  • caloriesfromfat 64 %
  • protein 5.9 g
  • fat 31 g
  • satfat 15 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • sodium 60 mg
  • cholesterol 63 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make cookies: Put chopped chocolates and butter in a metal bowl and set bowl over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Cook, stirring, until melted, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  2. Whisk eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla into chocolate mixture. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture until evenly mixed, then stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Wrap dough airtight and chill until firm enough to hold its shape, 50 to 60 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make ganache: Put chopped chocolate and cream in a medium metal bowl and set bowl over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Cook, stirring, until melted, then let cool. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally, until firm enough to spread, about 1 3/4 hours. If ganache becomes too firm to spread, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for a few seconds to soften, stir.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 2-tbsp. portions of dough onto sheets, spaced about 1 in. apart. Press dough to flatten into even 1/2-in.-thick rounds. Bake until cookies no longer look wet and you can feel a slight crust on top, about 10 minutes (don't overbake); switch position of baking sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets on racks.

  5. Generously spread flat sides of half of cookies with ganache and top with remaining cookies. (You may have a little leftover ganache.)

  6. Make ahead: Dough and ganache, up to 2 days, chilled. Filled cookies, up to 2 days, chilled, or 2 months, frozen. Serve at room temperature.

  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich cookie.

Cook's Notes

The cookies are most irresistible if they're still soft after baking; test-bake one to judge how long they take in your oven.  

Also appeared in: Sunset, March, 2009;