Monday, December 12, 2011

Two-Tone Ganache Sandwich Cookies - Secret Recipe Club

Two-Tone Ganache-Filled Snowflake Cookies - ButterYum

Snowflake Cookies - ButterYum

Chocolate Snowflake Cookies - ButterYum

Ganache-Filled Snowflake Cookies - ButterYum

This month's Secret Recipe Club assignment was Vivian's blog Let's Try These.  Vivian and I share a love for baking, so it was hard picking just one recipe to feature today, especially since she has so many yummy options to chose from, but I wanted to find a recipe that I could use with my snowflake cookie cutters.  I settled on Vivian's Two-Tone Cookie Crinkles, a Better Homes and Gardens recipe.  I don't know why they're called crinkles - there's nothing crinkled about them, but they sure are tasty, and they're so fun to make.


Two-Tone Ganache Sandwich Cookies - ButterYum


Two-Tone Ganache-Filled Snowflake Sandwich Cookies
makes approximately 30 cookies

For the cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

For the ganache filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

To make the cookie dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the blade attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed.  Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine.  Add flour until incorporated.  Divide dough into two portions; adding sifted cocoa powder to one portion.  Wrap each portion with plastic wrap and chill for 1-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375F.  Roll each dough portion to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.  Cut out desired shapes with floured cookie cutters, leaving the bottom halves solid.  Place cookies 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet; bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until edges are set (tiny cutouts bake for 5-6 minutes).  Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

To make Ganache:
Gently heat cream and chocolate together; stirring until completely smooth and combined (I did this in the microwave).  Cover and chill for 30 minutes (or make the ganache several hours in advance and let it sit at room temperature until it reaches the proper spreading consistency).

To assemble cookies:
Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the ganache in the center bottom of each cookie and make a sandwich by adding a decorative top cookie.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

To store, place unfilled cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper, at room temperature for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.  Thaw and assemble just before service. 

My notes:  I'm not a fan of rolling cookie dough on a floured surface - the extra flour makes the cookies look messy, and it has a tendency to dry out the dough, making the cookies cut from the re-rolled scraps a lesser quality.  Instead, I prefer to roll my dough between two layers of waxed paper - completely eliminating the need for extra flour and enabling the scraps to be re-rolled over and over again (chilling when needed).  To prevent distortion, I cut my cookie shapes while the dough is still on the waxed paper, then slide the waxed paper onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least 10 minutes before transferring the shapes to a sheet pan. 











42 comments:

  1. These are really gorgeous! I love the layers and you definitely put your snowflake cutters to good use!

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  2. They are beautiful..You are on a roll:) Gorgeous treats for the Holidays..Thank you~

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  3. these are beautiful to look at and I would think delicous! I have to come back here more than once to copy all the great recipes down, wow, what a great link party!!!Beautiful selection of recipes.

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  4. These turned out sooo pretty! I love them - and am pinning them to try. They sound absolutely delicious.

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  5. Butter Yum,
    You did such a great presentation for these cookies, they are just beautiful and I am sure delicious. It is fun cooking with you at the SRC, have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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  6. What fabulous cookies!!! You decorated them perfectly~great SRC pick :)

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  7. A couple great tips for sugar cookies. Thank you.

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  8. Wow these are spectacular and of course perfect for the season. The name sounds great, very luxurious indeed......:-)

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  9. Omigosh! Beautiful and so festive! Nicely done

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  10. I love the tip of how to roll out the cookie dough - something I am going to try next time I make cookies. Your cutter is amazing :)

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  11. OMG! What a great recipe posting! Delicious looking art!! Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

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  12. You did a fabulous job with these! They are perfect cookies for Christmas.

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  13. Thanks for posting your amazing cookies in my event. Would appreciate that you link it to my event announcement page and use the logo as that's mandatory for event participation.

    FOODELICIOUS

    EVENT FOR DECEMBER & GIVEAWAY, ‘ONLY’- COOKIES & CAKES

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  14. They almost look too pretty to eat! So festive!!!

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  15. These are so pretty, besides yummy looking.

    AND.. thank you for "inviting me" to Pinterest!!...

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  16. Beautiful cookies made even better with chocolate :) Great job!

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  17. Yummy, these look great! Pretty much anything with ganache has my attention, and cookies are my favorite go-to dessert. Win-win!

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  18. These snowflake cookies could be oerfectly placed on my Christmas tree as ornaments, that perfect they look! First time at your blog you have some beautiful recipes here!

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  19. These look amazing and delicious! Like a work of art!

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  20. These are really beautiful - as other's have said, a real work of art! I don't know if I could have brought myself to eat them ;) of course, I'm sure they were delicious, too!!!

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  21. What gorgeous cookies!

    Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

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  22. These are so pretty! You had me at "ganache." :) I would love for you to join my linky, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, sometime! The link runs through Friday.

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  23. Patricia, my Butter Buddy, these are simply amazing!! I would love to see how you cut them out. They are gorgeous. I could see making another set of these out of that inedible flour dough and making a whole slew or ornaments of these. Wouldn't that be pretty? Being in florida I would make these and hang them from my windows to give the illusion of snow!

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  24. Tara - you read my mind. I was just searching for salt dough recipes to do exactly that - make ornaments! Great minds think alike.

    :)
    Patricia

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  25. What beautiful cookies! I love the chocolate and white together and they are so pretty as snowflakes. Thanks for your great tips. Keeping the flour out of equation makes it a lot less messy too! Definitely pin worthy!

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  26. Your cookies look so pretty, Patricia. I bet they are just as delicious too..Christine

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  27. Hi.Reminding you again to link it to the event else will have to remove your link. Hope you will understand.

    FOODELICIOUS

    EVENT FOR DECEMBER & GIVEAWAY, ‘ONLY’- COOKIES & CAKES

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  28. i love the shape of your cookies. is so beautiful.

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  29. My go-to site for the most delicious recipes!

    Joyeux Noël

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  30. Yum! Pretty, too! So many yummy looking links, too!...hugs...Debbie

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  31. these look so pretty - thanks for the tip on rolling out, I wondered how to get away from the messy floury look!

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  32. Hi ButterYum
    I just made your Two-Tone Ganache Sandwich Cookies and your Bailey's Irish Cream Pistachio Fudge, yummy!!,
    love your cookie ...hugs Rosa

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  33. hi it's me again...lol.lol. I'm Italain too ciao..

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  34. Those came out fantastic! And look delish too!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  35. These look like yummy works of art.

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  36. Gorgeous looking cookies!
    They look like a work of art

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