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Salami de Chocolate (with Coffee Liqueur made with Tequila)

2 logs (6 to 8 people)


  • 8 ounces or 225 grams bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 12 ounces Maria cookies, broken into small pieces, or plain Graham crackers or Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 tablespoons coffee liqueur made with tequila, rum or kahlua, optional
  • 1/2 cup pecans, lightly toasted and roughly chopped, optional

To Prepare

  • In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the chocolate and cocoa powder along with the butter. Remove from the heat and stir the mix into a large heatproof bowl. Pour in the sugar and vanilla and combine with a spatula in a circular motion. Slowly add the egg yolks, one by one, mixing very well after each addition. Fold in the broken cookie chunks. If adding the tequila and pecans, fold them all in as well. You will have a moist and chunky, rough looking mix.
  • Cut 2 pieces of waxed or parchment paper of about 15" length. Spoon half of the mixture onto each piece of paper. Shape them into logs with your hands. Roll them in the paper and give them a salami shape of about 2" thickness. Having the paper cover makes it easy to give them a quick roll to give them a round shape. To finish, twist the ends in opposite directions.
  • If you made some with liquor and/or pecans and the other without, use a marker to recognize them when ready. Then wrap each one in a layer of plastic wrap. Place them in the freezer for about 2 or 3 hours or until frozen. Slice them as thin or thick as you like, while frozen, and serve.
  • Chocolate salami will keep in the freezer, tightly wrapped, for about 6 months. Remove from the freezer around 10 minutes before you want to slice it.
  • If you bring them over as gifts, you may want to buy colored paper to give them a festive feel, though I also like to use brown/unbleached parchment paper. It gives them a deli style. In any case, if you traveled with them for a while, don't forget to tell your friends to place the chocolate salamis in the freezer or refrigerator as soon as you give it to them (!).