Shasta Mountain Brownies


6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 pound chocolate chip cookies (homemade if possible)
4 eggs
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, divided


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour 2 (9-inch) square pans. In small bowl, melt chocolate and butter together. (Do this in microwave or on stove over pot of simmering water.) Stir and set aside to cool slightly. Place cookies in bowl of food processor. Pulse to chop coarsely. Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until thick and lemon-colored, about 3 minutes. Add melted chocolate and butter, and stir to combine. Mix in flour gradually, just to incorporate. Fold in chopped cookies and 3/4 cup nuts. Spread batter in pans and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts. Bake about 40 minutes, or until set. Brownies will be soft in center. Cool on rack. Cut each pan of brownies into 9 squares.

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