June 3, 2009

Mud Puddle Chocolate Cookies

Complements of: grouprecipes.com
I let the kids pick out a cookie to make today. All they needed to hear was the name "mud puddle" and they were sold. I was skeptical, but I was very happy with the results. This cookie tastes similar to a chocolate shortbread (high fat content contributes to that). Terrific Recipe!

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt

For the chocolate ganache:
4 oz of semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons of heavy cream

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg yolks. In a separate bowl whisk the oil, cocoa powder and vanilla together. Add to butter mixture. Blend well. Add the flour and salt to the wet mixture and mix until combined. Scoop out balls of dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. After removing the cookies from the oven use a rounded spoon to gently press an indention or "puddle" into the middle of each cookie. Let cookies cool. To make the ganache slowly melt the broken up chocolate in the microwave. Whisk in the cream. Place mixture into a small sandwich bag and squeeze out the air. Cut a small corner from the bottom of the bag. Pipe the chocolate ganache into the small puddle or indention of each cookie. If you have extra ganache you can even drizzle it over the cookie in a zig zag. Cool completely. They also freeze well. Enjoy!
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