Chocolate Truffle Cookies

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Just judging by the title, if you're a chocolate lover, you  know these cookies are going to be good.  Truffle fans likely don't even need a description, but if you like chocolate, then you need this recipe.  I got it in an e-mail sent out by allrecipes.com last week and decided to make these delightful little cookies for my funny valentine.  I have since been able to share them with a few others, who also enjoyed them. 

These cookies are a bit funny (funny weird and not funny ha-ha), because when you first make the dough it is more like a batter; while very viscous, it is way looser than most cookie doughs.  After a chill period in the fridge, however, it hardens and is a glossy dough.  Once baked and cooled, they are an absolute indulgence- intensely chocolatey, fudgy, and they melt in your mouth.  Mine is watering just by thinking about them! 

Make these in small cookies- they really are like a truffle so all you need is a little bit.  The link to the recipe is the recipe title itself; I will write the recipe here as I made the cookies. 

Chocolate Truffle Cookies
by user Kevin Barr from allrecipes.com

3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate (chips or chopped blocks)
6 Tb butter
3 eggs
Scant 1 cup sugar (just slightly less than 1 cup)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c all purpose flour
2 tb. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt the unsweetened, bittersweet, 1 cup semisweet chocolate, and the butter, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  In a mixer bowl, whip eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the vanilla and the melted cooled chocolate mixture.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually stir into the chocolate mixture.  Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.  Cover the dough and chill it for at least an hour or overnight. 

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350.  Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls.  Place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake 9-11 minutes in the preheated oven.  Allow the cookies to cool at least 5 minutes on the baking pan placed on a wire rack before removing the cookies to allow to cool completely. 

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