2 pkgs (8 squares each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, divided
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, slightly softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coarsely chop 8 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Microwave the remaining 8 chocolate squares in a large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes; stir after 1 minute. Stir until all the chocolate is completely melted. Add the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it is well blended. Add the flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in the chopped chocolate and the walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 13 minutes or until puffed and shiny. Cool for a minute before removing from the baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: about 30 cookies
NOTE: If you omit the nuts, increase the flour by another 1/4 cup.