In a double boiler, or in the microwave, gently melt together the chocolate and butter. To avoid heating the chocolate too much and possibly burning it, the best method is to heat till the butter is melted and the chocolate has partially melted, then remove from the heat. Stir till all the chocolate melts.
In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs till they're thoroughly combined. Add the hot melted chocolate, then stir in the remaining ingredients, including the chocolate chips, if you're using them. Refrigerate the batter-like dough for 1 hour, to make it easier to handle.
Preheat the oven to 160?C. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Drop the cookie dough by tablespoonfuls (about the size of a small ping pong ball) onto the prepared baking sheets. A tablespoon cookie scoop makes this task extremely simple. Leave about 2" between the dough balls, as they'll spread as they bake.
Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes, until their tops are shiny and cracked. They won't crack until the very end, so keep a close eye on them; when they're cracked all the way across the top surface, they're just about done. The point is, you want these baked all the way through, but just barely; additional baking will make them crisp rather than chewy.
Remove the cookies from the oven, and top each with a kiss-shaped chocolate, a nonpareil, or a bittersweet chocolate wafer, if desired. Wait 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool.
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|Serving Size: 1 (75g)|
|Recipe Makes: 26|
|Calories from Fat: 81 (33%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 9g||12 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.6g||23 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 126.3mg||39 %|
|Sodium 56.7mg||2 %|
|Potassium 120.1mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 37.1g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.2g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 35.9g|
|Protein 5g||7 %|
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Calories per serving: 243
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