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Author Notes: Made the way the Italians do -- no butter or oil. Crunchy, chocolately, perfect. —Posie Harwood
Makes 1 batch
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-2 cups toasted chopped nuts (pecans are best)
- Warm eggs (in hot water, uncracked) until lukewarm.
- Then mix the eggs with the sugar in a stand mixer on high speed until at least doubled in volume (about 5 minutes). It should form very thick ribbons when the beater is lifted. Gently fold in vanilla.
- Sift combined flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder over batter and fold in. Fold in nuts.
- Form into two "loaves" on a cookie sheet, about 3-4 inches wide and 1 inch tall. (Helps to use wet hands.)
- Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (until loaves just spring back). Let cool a bit (or all the way).
- Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, and put the slices on their side on 2 cookie sheets, and put sheets into a turned-off 350 oven until they are dry and crisp. (You can leave them in as long as you want since oven is off.)
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe, Part 2
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe