Today I'm posting lots of recipes since I want to get the ball rolling for this blog.  I'm a lover of dark chocolate, and ever since I've been to "Baked" bakery in Charleston, I've been trying to find a recipe that closely resembles their Chocolate Cloud cookies.  This one comes pretty close.  The recipe comes from a great blog called  Get your glass of milk ready for these, and you can die happy and intoxicated by chocolate.

Death by Chocolate Cookies
(makes about 2 dozen cookies)

1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour 
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate (62%)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 packed tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped and toasted (optional)

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate with butter. Cool slightly (about 3 minutes).  (You can melt in the microwave, but it's easier to burn the chocolate this way, so I recommend the stove method.)

Beat eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl using high speed of an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Beat the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir it gently into the batter. Make sure the batter is cool, then add the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Chill dough for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

Scoop up rounded tablespoons of dough and set dough balls on parchment paper spacing about 2 ½ inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheet for about 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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