A good friend of mine recently read my little food blog and made an astute observation: "It's almost all chocolate, and it's almost all dessert." Yes, she caught me. I'm the person who says "I love to cook" but really means "I love to eat dessert, chocolate, chocolate dessert, chocolate cookie and cake batter, chocolate dessert mistakes"...the list goes on. I cook because I love to indulge in the results. So I'm constantly looking for both a) a great recipe and b) a great excuse to try it.
So it will come to no surprise that two of my favorite food blogs of all time are David Lebovitz.com and ChocolateandZucchini.com. They each provide me with two essentials: 1) recipes that are easily followed, include lots of chocolate, and have a French flair (both live in Paris) and 2) a wonderful sense of humor that tends to brighten my day.
It was a few weeks ago when I was checking out David's blog and came across Clotilde's recipe for "Very Chocolate Cookies". Looking at the recipe, I thought, "hmmmm, sounds good, but how good could it be?" I've been disappointed by flat tasting "double chocolate" cookies in the past and didn't want to go down that road again! But I noticed that this recipe didn't call for eggs, and since I didn't have any due to my recent macaron fetish, it was as though these cookies were calling my name.
HOLY GODS OF CHOCOLATE these cookies are fabulous. First of all, they are easy, so easy. Secondly, they pack a major punch. If you love a real rich and deep chocolate flavor, these are the cookies for you. Plus, they aren't too sweet so if you are one of those people who dislike overly sweet desserts, they are perfect.
I did make a couple of changes to the recipe (she uses 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose, I used 1 cup all-purpose flour; I didn't have cocoa nibs so I didn't use them; and I didn't put a pinch of fleur de sel on top of my cookies because I simply forgot). I got creative and added some crushed up Montelimar nougat, which actually produced a nice result, but next time I will try the cocoa nibs instead.
Here is the original recipe on David's site by Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini. (I looked for it in her archives but couldn't find it.) Enjoy them, and please don't feel bad if you eat them all before dinner...