In Modica, a small village in the Sicily island, a bunch of old-style artisans produce chocolate using an ancient method, based on an original Aztec recipe. Through the tiny old baroque homes that overlook on the old town, the smell of chocolate matches with the smell of the lemon and orange blossoms that are blooming in nearby secret little gardens. Going around through stone arches and golden churches can happen to meet an older woman who will offer you a “tazzina di caffé” (cup of coffee) and a chocolate home-made cookie. With no other purpose than curiosity. And kindness.
We have decided to distribute some of that kindness sharing with you THAT cookies recipe. A citrus chocolate cookies recipe, namely. Because there is nothing like a just baked chocolate cookie to let you feel loved and cared after a long working day or when you are just arrived in a foreign place.
Tooday recipe is dedicated to all kind people, we want to thank for all the times you hug us, welcome us, cooked for us. Or just smiled at us. For no reason and no reward.
You, kind people, are the heroes of our time.
So, join the kind side. We share cookies.
Ingredients for 25 cookies
210 gr of flour
110 gr of sugar
55 gr of butter
½ teaspoon of baking powder for desserts
A pinch of salt
Prepare the dough. Cut the chocolate into cubes and put them in an hot-resistant bowl. Add the butter and let it melt with the chocolate cook in a bain-marie. In another bowl, beat the eggs adding sugar a little at a time until you have a swollen cream. Then, with gentle bottom up movements, add the liquefied chocolate and the sifted flour, the baking powder for desserts and a pinch of salt. Mix until the dough will be sticky and amalgamated. Cover with a plastic film and put in the fridge for at least one hour.
Make the cookies. Put a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and pre-heat the oven at 170°C. In a dish, pour some icing sugar. Take out the dough from the fridge and start shaping little balls from it (big like a walnut). Pass them in the icing sugar covering them completely. Then put them on the baking tray, paying attention on leaving enough space between them (they will puff). Cook the cookies for 10 -13 minutes (it depends on the size. Watch them or they can dry too much)