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Black Gold Cookies

by on February 20, 2012 · 11 comments

I’ve been on a mission to find the best cookies in Austin, and this week Todd brought home one of my old favorites — a black gold cookie from Upper Crust bakery. They’re big, fat, and stuffed with walnuts, but I couldn’t eat the whole cookie in one sitting so I put it away. The next thing you know it was stale. Anyway, I had to get my fill of black gold, so I decided to make a clone recipe off Recipe Goldmine.

Black Gold Cookie

I’d made this one in the past, but couldn’t remember anything about it other than it had a ton of nuts, much like the original. What I forgot was just how important it was to use great chocolate. I used “meh” chocolate (not the worst quality, not the best) and I got “meh” cookies. Okay, they were on the good side of meh because it’s a good recipe, but I could have done so much better had I used something like Scharffen Berger or even Green & Black’s. So if you make these cookies, remember that.

As mentioned, this recipe is adapted from Recipe Goldmine, but since it uses so much chocolate, I scaled it down a bit so you won’t have to take out another mortgage on the house to buy chocolate. Also, the Recipe Goldmine version doesn’t say anything about chilling the dough, and if you let your chocolate cool completely before adding it to the batter, you might not have to. My chocolate is always a little warm before going into the batter therefore I always have to chill it.

Source: The Upper Crust Bakery – Austin, Texas and Recipe Goldmine

Black Gold Copy Cat Cookies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped coarse
6 ounces semisweet or good quality dark chocolate, chopped — Bittersweet Scharffen Berger or something like that
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup plus 5 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (or use 1 teaspoon of Starbucks Via)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/8 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped
3/4 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup extra dark chocolate chips

In a medium size microwave-safe bowl or 2 cups Pyrex measure, melt the butter on high for about 30 seconds. Add the 2 oz unsweetened chocolate and the 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate. Stir well and microwave at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Set aside to cool slightly (or completely, if you are patient).

In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar for about 4 minutes or until light and fluffy and slightly thick. Add espresso powder (or Via), vanilla extract and chocolate mixture, beating until smooth.

In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt and add to chocolate mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in the nuts. Chill for about 20 minute or just long enough to cool down the mixture. When mixture is no longer warm, stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chips. If mixture is still soft, return to the refrigerator until it is scoopable.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Scoop dough into 8 equal size mounds and arrange the mounds on a foil lined plate. Keep chilled until ready to use (or put them in a zipper bag, freeze them and bake as needed), or arrange 3 ½ inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 25 minutes on center rack.
Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until tops begin to crack (do not overbake). Cool cookies on a rack.

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Published on February 20, 2012

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Gloria February 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

This recipe is almost identical to the Black Angus cookies our Whole Foods store makes….the BEST chocolate cookies ever! I have them on my list of things to bake. They are almost like brownies. I agree you need to eat them fresh because they do seem to get stale fast. I wonder why??

Emily February 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Beautiful!!

Lisa Ernst February 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Looks like a good recipe. Yes, the better the chocolate the better the cookie, especially when chocolate is the star ingredient. :-)

TxPepper February 21, 2012 at 2:03 am

Off-topic…..did you ever make a selection in the food scale give-away?

On-topic…..they look yummy to me!

Anna February 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

Yes! I emailed the winner Saturday morning.

Louise February 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

Just say “NO” to “meh” chocolate. My reasoning of “I have to eat this stuff” goes much farther, but I’ll only share a little philosophy at a time. I value my time at no less than $100 an hour so the cost of making these cookies is much greater than the cost of whatever chocolate I use for them. The incremental cost of the chocolate is pretty small per cookie as the time I invest making them doesn’t change. Among other things, I’m an old cost accountant, but actually learned this as a young girl when my mother taught me to sew. She quickly had me using decent fabric to give me a better result. :-)

Cindi February 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

Anna,
Aren’t *your* cookies the best cookies in Austin?! :)

Darlene February 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

Louise, your perspective on the cost of ingredients is very thought-provoking.

Martha in KS February 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Just curious – where does the Black Gold name come from? Does it have to do with the cost of the chocolate? Thanks!

Anna February 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Martha, I think it just refers to the richness of the cookie.

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie February 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

Mmm these look good! I agree, using better chocolate in recipes really does make a difference

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