This recipe was a finalist in the Christmas Cookie Contest 2000 hosted by Gene Burns on his show Dining out with Gene Burns.
I often bake cookies for my co-workers. I can judge how good a cookie is by the amount of time it takes the plate to be emptied. By that measure, these are my best cookies since it never took more than 30 minutes for the plate to be emptied. At a company I used to work for, the payroll clerk demanded a twice-yearly tribute of these cookies as a condition of her signature on my paychecks. I figure if they're good enough to prompt extortion, they're good enough to share the recipe with others.
This recipe is also how I first met my wife, Tera. I made these cookies for a New Year's Day party thrown by a mutual friend. After taking one bite of this cookie, Tera asked the hostess "Who made this cookie? I have to talk to him!". The hostess pointed me out and Tera and I have been talking ever since.
I first made this cake for a family gathering where we simultaneously celebrated the birthdays of several people who have birthdays in August. This was the cake I made for myself. It got its name from the fact that it is extremely dense and therefore a lot heavier than one might normally expect for a cake of this size. My cousin Bob joked that it was so heavy that it threatened to break the table it was sitting on.
This chocolate cake isn't quite as over-the-top decadent as the table-breaker chocolate cake, but it comes close!
One of my very few non-chocolate recipes. I usually whip up a double batch of these at Christmas.