Chocolate Pecan Cookies

4 large eggs
1½ cups granulated sugar
16 ounces semisweet chocolate; melted and cooled
½ stick unsalted butter; softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon strong brewed espresso
½ cup cake flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
2½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the eggs and the sugar for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and pale, add melted chocolate, the butter, the vanilla, the espresso, the flour, the salt and the baking powder, and beat the mixture on the lowest setting until it is combined well.
3. Add the chocolate chips and the pecans and beat the dough until it is combined well.
4. On a sheet of parchment paper, form the dough into a log 4-inches in diameter, wrap it in wax paper, and chill it for 3 hours, or until it is firm.
5. Cut the log into 1-inch-thick rounds; arrange the rounds 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake them in batches in the middle of a preheated in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the tops are shiny and cracked slightly. The cookies will be very soft.
7. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the sheets. The cookies will firm up as they cool.

Makes about 12 cookies

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