More chocolate intensity, yet not too sweet. The recipe is adapted from The Joy of Chocolate by Judith Olney - an old staple cookbook in my cupboard. Richer than biscotti but equally good with coffee, this is a cookie that melts in the mouth, and just a bite satisfies for a rich dessert. I make it easy on myself by foregoing the traditional shortbread mold, and rolling the dough refrigerator-cookie-style. Kick it up a notch with the addition of fresh ginger, cinnamon, orange zest and cardamom. . . and yum. —Vivian Henoch
Melt chocolate over hot water (or in a double boiler) and cool.
Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar together; add chocolate and blend well.
Stir cocoa, flour and cornstarch into the butter mixture, blend until the mixture lightly crumbles. Add cream to moisten dough. (Milk, water or a liqueur such as Cointreau may be substituted for the cream.)
On a pastry board or mat, form dough into a log, as you would with refrigerator cookies. Refrigerate for thirty minutes. Cut log into 1/4-inch slices and place on a greased cookie sheet.