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Dr. Ayala
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
V.P. Product Development
Herbal Water
I’m a physician (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics), artist, and mother of 3 school age active kids. I recently co-founded Herbal Water Inc. (www.herbalwater.com) with my husband, Albert. I am a serious home cook, and love to entertain. My expertise is vegetarian food (I have been a vegetarian all my life). I strongly believe that eating healthy and enjoying good food go hand in hand. My main interests are science, nutrition and art, and I am overall a very curious person that tries to learn something new every day. Dr. Ayala (Ayala Laufer-Cahana M.D.)


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FEBRUARY 8, 2012 8:34AM

Valentine’s Day Recipe: The Most Chocolaty Cookies Ever

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If you’re looking for a homemade gift for Valentine’s Day (reminder: it’s this coming Tuesday) these cookies are perfect – textbook for the serious chocolate lover and great for cookie fans too. I’ve received a recipe request from every recipient of this cookie gift that dares to bake.

Chocolate's my favorite treat.  Chocolate is, to me, pure pleasure.  These cookies are as close as it comes to eating pure chocolate while still serving a dessert.  They’re rich, chunky, delicious and decadent and hit the chocolate craving spot right on. 


  • 500 grams/17.6 ounces 72% dark chocolate, broken into cubes or pieces
  • 500 grams/17.6 ounces milk chocolate, broken into cubes or pieces
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)




Preheat oven to 350°F

In double boiler over hot water, melt bittersweet and milk chocolate

While the chocolate is melting sift together flour, baking powder and salt

Using an electric mixer or a whisk, cream the sugar and butter.  Add the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla extract, and continue beating until well combined

Beat in the flour mixture, and then mix in the melted chocolate and nuts if using.  The final batter is thick and dark.

Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat (or you can bake the cookies in batches using fewer pans).  Using two tablespoons drop 12 cookies in each pan, spreading them 2 inches apart. 

Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the cookie tops get glossy and crack a bit.  Cool the cookies for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

Store in an airtight container.  The cookies are best fresh, but will keep well for a good 5 days.

Makes enough large cookies for a crowd — 48 is my average.


Dr. Ayala 

"Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate." (Source unknown, to me at least)


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Looks like a great recipe for a nice Valentine's Day burst of chocolate.
Oh doc, just the medicine I need!
Thank you.I'll bake them for Valentine's day.
How about the PINK on Valentine's day?
A pink frosting perhaps,would not go with the chocolate,have to think of something else.