Fair-Trade Chocolate Earthquake Cookies

I made a version of these addictive chocolate cookies in culinary school. Rolling the dough in two kinds of sugar creates a crackled appearance when the cookies spread as they bake. Since chocolate is the main ingredient, they’re an ideal way to showcase an artisanal product like Fair Trade-Certified chocolate.

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1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
6 ounces Fair Trade-certified dark chocolate, chopped and melted
3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white
Granulated sugar
Powdered sugar

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.

Place brown sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Gradually beat in egg and egg white. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Chill dough 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Fill a small, shallow bowl with granulated sugar; fill a second shallow bowl with powdered sugar. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Rotate cookie sheets; bake 5 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool 2 minutes on pans. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

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