8 squares semisweet baking chocolate
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
2 cups chopped pecans
In a medium mixing bowl, melt the chocolate squares in the microwave on high for a couple of minutes. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Using a wooden or large heavy-duty plastic spoon, stir in the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended. Mix the baking powder into the flour; stir into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the chocolate chunks and chopped pecans. Drop by 1/4cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes or until puffed up and they feel set to the touch. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then cool completely on wire racks.
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen large cookies.