Truffle Cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • Fabulous chocolate bites with a soft, silky truffle in the center.

    These truffle cookies are halfway between a sweet chocolate truffle and a biscotti. You cook them until the outside is crispy but the inside is still soft and truffled. They are smaller than classic chocolate chip cookies, more like a snack to have with your morning coffee, or a treat to serve with coffees after a dinner. This recipe makes about 40, and most guests will probably want two or three, so this will be enough for most tables. Leftovers keep well in a box for a few days. Use the best chocolate possible for these – the quality will show in the truffles.

    Ingredients

    • 250 g (9 oz) continental dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken

    • 60 g (2¼ oz) cocoa powder, sifted

    • 110g (4oz) butter

    • 3 eggs

    • 200g (7oz) powdered sugar

    • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    • 75 g (2¾ oz) plain flour

    • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

    • 1⁄4 tsp salt

    • 150 g (5½ oz) continental dark chocolate (70% cocoa), cut into small pieces

    Method

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

    • Combine the broken chocolate pieces, cocoa powder and butter in a metal bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until chocolate and butter are melted. Remove from heat, stir to combine and let cool.

    • Beat the eggs and sugar, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate mixture. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture with chopped chocolate and stir until just combined.

    • Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Even after cooling, the dough will be quite soft.

    • Quickly roll the dough into teaspoon-sized balls (about 3cm wide) and place them 5cm (2in) apart on ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until top is crispy and center is just set.

    • Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Sprinkle with cocoa powder to serve.

    Tip for making truffle cookies:

    Try dipping these cookies in white chocolate for an extra special treat.

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