A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. -Oscar Wilde

Sunday, February 13, 2011

who needs crappy drugstore candy?

tiny but powerful cookies
Originally uploaded by jcipa
Mix in bowl:
1.5 c flour
.25 c high-quality cocoa (be generous)
(up to) 1 tsp chipotle (or other chili) powder
1 tsp cinnamon
0.5 tsp salt

Cream in second bowl:
.75 c butter
.67 c sugar

Add to butter/ sugar mixture, mixing well between ingredients:
2 large egg yolks
4oz melted/ cooled bittersweet chocolate (I used 1/4 of a TJ's pound plus 72% cacao bar)
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs Kahlua or cold strong coffee

Mix in flour mixture, ~.5 c at a time. Portion by tsp on ungreased sheet, bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Yields just about 4 dozen cookies that are tender, tiny, dark, assertive, all complex flavor within a straightforward presentation. Much like my tiny, shriveled, black, morally ambiguous though oddly slightly sensitive heart. Happy v-day, yo.

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