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These cookies are used to make the crust for the Heart of Darkness Cheesecake. (Recipe courtesy of Coconut & Lime.)

3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

WARNING: this must be done a minimum of 2 hours before you want to bake the cookies.

1. Combine butter, sugars and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add the espresso, eggs and mix. While the mixture is beating, add the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix on until incorporated.

2. Using a spatula, scrape the dough (it will be very thick and rather sticky) on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a approximately 2-inch thick log. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough until it is firm (about 2 hours) or overnight*.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and cut into 1/4-inch slices using a serrated knife (a bread knife works well). If the dough begins to soften as you cut, return it to the refrigerator to chill until it is firm again, normally about 5-10 minutes. Arrange the slices on the cookie sheets about 1/2-inch apart. Bake about 12 minutes or until they are just starting to brown on the bottom and the sides are no longer shiny. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen cookies

*You can actually keep the dough refrigerated for a week or so, slicing off as many cookies as you want to eat at a time.

Tip: Decorate the cookies by rolling the log of dough in coarse sugar or nonpareils before slicing.

Posted on Feb 9, 2008
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