Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Seven-Minute Chocolate Cookies

It's a cookie! No, it's fudge! No, it's a COOKIE!!! Listen, there's really no need to argue. It's a fudgy cookie. And, I will admit that it's not the most beautiful cookie in the world. But, like life, it isn't always about looks. There's a lot to be said for taste and character. And, this cookie is full of both. Besides, I think everyone who receives this in her Christmas basket will appreciate its inner beauty. This recipe is from Southern Living's 1001 Ways to Cook Southern, copyright 2010.

Seven-Minute Chocolate Cookies

1/4 cup butter
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, chocolate morsels, and condensed milk in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until chocolate morsels are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and flour until well blended. Fold in pecans.

Drop immediately by level tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

The main players: butter, condensed milk, and semi-sweet morsels

Put these three ingredients together in a stockpot and heat until chocolate is melted.

Stir until the chocolate is smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir in vanilla extract and flour until well blended.

Fold in the chopped pecans.

Drop on to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies will not spread very much. They will hold whatever shape they made when you dropped them. To make them a little prettier, you could wet your fingers and smooth the tops down before baking. I baked mine for about ten minutes. They will still be really soft so you should let them cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving them to the wire rack.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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