Friday, August 26, 2011

Chocolate Truffle Cookies



No surprise here that I have been baking..... Again!
I pulled out that book again, the Cookies, Slices & Squares I mentioned here with those amazing pecan caramel bars.

I saw a recipe titled Chocolate Truffle Cookies.
How could I say no?

They were surprisingly fast and easy to make. Of course I love that!

Before:


After:


And boy did they live up to their delicious name!


Slightly crisp outside shell with a gooey, chewy chocolate inside.
*Drools*
You do not want to know how many I have eaten!

Just try them out for yourself:

Chocolate Truffle Cookies
Makes 40-42

Ingredients:

250g Plain chocolate, broken (70% cocoa solids)
60g Cocoa powder, sifted
110g Butter
3 Eggs
200g Caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
75g Plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
150g plain chocolate, chopped into small chunks.

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180 C (350F)
  • Combine the broken chocolate pieces, cocoa powder and butter in a small metal bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter have melted.
  • Remove from heat, stir, and set aside to cool.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the chocolate mixture (the one in the bowl, cooled).
  • Sift together the flour, salt & baking powder. Add to the butter mixture with the chopped chocolate and stir until just combined.
  • Cover the dough and chill for at least 3hrs (I chilled mine overnight) Even after chilling the dough will be quite sft.
  • Quickly roll the dough into heaped teaspoons sized balls and place 5cm apart on baking paper lined trays.
  • Bake for 10mins, or until the tops are crispy and the centres just set.
  • Allow to cool for 5mins on the tray then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely (if you can wait that long!).

As usual mine are a bit different to the true recipe. I love to tweak recipes but this time it was mainly due to a certain man of the house helping himself to the chocolate I had bought for cooking. So I had to scrape together whatever chocolate we had lying around.
In the end it had plain milk chocolate, hazelnut chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate chips. Four kinds of chocolate! No wonder it tastes good!

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