A few months ago, I drove down to Santa Clara for a Saturday deposition (in my other life, I’m a court reporter). Desperate for a fix, I asked GPS for the nearest place to get coffee which led me to a shop I’d never heard of which says more about me than about the coffee house.
I was instantly impressed by my utter lack of cool quotient when I walked in. Ordering was problematic. No! You can’t have 3 shots! You can have 4 shots or 2 shots! (Does the Soup Nazi do their menu planning?)
I ended up with four shots in 16 ounces — but the barista promised me it would be good.
Oh.Em.Gee. Best latte I have ever had in my life.
But I digress! The other best thing evah — I picked up some cookies that looked just like this:
Probably because they were exactly these cookies! Satura Salty Chocolates. I’d never heard of them either. I life a sheltered life!
Oh, oh, oh. So good. Turns out they are made in Hawaii and the Bay Area but nowhere to be found as far inland as I. It also turns out there is no recipe available anywhere on the internet (that I can find).
I’ve been thinking about these cookies ever since. Finally, in desperation, I made up a recipe — and it turned out pretty close!
In one bowl, cream together 3 cubes sticks of butter and 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla (I always put too much vanilla in stuff) and beat till fluffy.
In another bowl, blend: 3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup best quality unsweetened cocoa powder you can get your hands on.
Chop to consistency you like: 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 – 3/4 cup macadamia nuts (roasted and salted ones will taste best). Add both to flour mixture and blend well.
Mix the dry ingredients into the buttercream. Then roll the dough into logs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for as long as you can stand it. (having had these cookies once, you’ll want to forego the chill and go straight to bake. DO NOT DO THIS)
When the dough has chilled, slice with a very sharp thin-bladed knife (you’ll run into beastly nuts that want to divert your blade) and arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
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And now, a word: Treat yourself like the queen you were always meant to be. Hie thee to Sur La Table and procure parchment paper, good chocolate, and good cocoa for your kitchen. Good tools make good work!
ooh, these look fabulous! But: my butter doesn’t come in cubes. Do you mean three sticks? 3/4 of a pound? Just checking…
Hi there! long time no see!!
I do mean sticks! argh…
This recipe is truly addictive. SO good.
thanks, Linda! I know, I don’t spend much time on blogs any more, but I was really glad to see you posting here–and especially such a yummy-looking recipe! Can’t wait to try it.
What about the salt on cookie edges? Did you roll log in salt before refrigerating or after or ? What kind of salt did you use? Also Label at Satura said almonds (not macadamia nuts) – either would be good.
Hi Sandy – I just saw your comment. Rolling the log in salt before makes the salt stick better – but I have to say, my technique sux on the salt. I used sea salt, and maybe I need to use a different kind, but I ended up with too much salt. I’ve also used pecans which turned out pretty good, and walnuts work too.
Your comment about salt flakes showed up in my email but didn’t post on the site for some reason ??? Anyway, that’s a great idea! I’ll try that. I’m almost ready to order some of these from Satura because I still haven’t achieved their perfection …