Chocolate Walnut Rock Cookies

I have always liked this cookie; it has a good chocolate flavor and I like the crunch but Susan thinks it is too hard for comfortable eating.  You decide!

 Ingredients:

 4 ounces (4 squares) unsweetened baking chocolate

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with vegetable shortening.

 Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Set aside. In a small saucepan over moderate heat, warm the milk until it coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg. Continue to mix until the batter is light and creamy. Mix in the melted chocolate and the vanilla extract. Stir in the warm milk. Sift the flour with the baking soda and fold into the batter. Stir in the chopped walnuts.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies have browned around the edges. Remove from the oven.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 to 3 minutes and remove to a wire rack.

 Source:

365 Great Cookies You Can Bake, pg. 64.

 

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