Everyone will go nuts for these tasty little treats… and they’re perfect for parties, too!
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup walnut pieces or halves
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Confectioners’ sugar, for coating
How to make it:
- In the top of a double boiler, melt together the butter and chocolate over very low heat. Remove the inner pan and allow the mixture to partially cool, then stir it until smooth.
- In a bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until light and airy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Blend in the vanilla extract and partially cooled chocolate. Chop the walnuts very fine (a food processor works well for this) and stir them into the chocolate mixture.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture half at a time, until the dough is evenly mixed – it will be quite soft. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 3 to 4 hours.
- Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease 2 large cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper. Put about 1 cup of Confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl. Now shape the dough into 1-1/2-inch-thick balls. Generously coat each one with confectioners’ sugar and place it on a baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches between cookies. Bake the cookies on the center rack, 1 sheet at a time, for about 13 minutes. When done, the cookies will have puffed and will feel very soft to the touch. Do not overbake.
- Cool the cookies on the sheet for 15 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool thoroughly. TIP: To lengthen the shelf life of these cookies, refrigerate them for 1 to 2 hours, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Makes 24 to 30 cookies.