Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chocolate Blooms with Raspberry Ganache

I am so happy to share these with you  - they were easy to make and taste marvelous dahling, simply mahvelous! Thanks again to Judith Hannemann for the photo

The Recipe

Yield: about 56 cookies
Prep 40 mins 
Chill 15 mins 
Bake 350°F 8 mins

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds (optional)
  • Raspberry Ganache
  • Fresh small raspberries (optional)

Raspberry Ganache Ingredients
  • 6 ounces chopped (70 percent cocoa) dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla; beat until combined.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and cocoa powder. Beat as much of the flour mixture into the butter mixture as you can with mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture. Stir in chocolate pieces. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. If desired, roll balls in chopped almonds. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb into the center of each ball to make an indent.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Immediately use the rounded side of a 1-teaspoon measure to press down the center of each cookie. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Spoon Raspberry Ganache into center of each cookie. Let stand 1-1/2 to 2 hours or chill about 15 minutes or until set. If desired, garnish each cookie with a fresh raspberry

For Raspberry Ganache:

1. In a small microwave-safe bowl combine chopped (70 percent cocoa) dark chocolate, whipping cream, and jam, if desired. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir until melted. If desired, add 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur. Stir until smooth. Let stand until slightly thickened (about 15 minutes). Makes 1 cup.

 Make sure you let the ganache set before you serve or store.•    Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, if frozen, before serving. You can store filled cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days


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