Thursday, September 10, 2009

Almond truffle cookies

Almond truffle cookies / Biscoitinhos de amêndoa com recheio trufado

A couple of weeks ago I watched the trailer for “The lovely bones” and now I just can’t wait for the movie to premiere. I haven’t read the book, but can certainly expect something amazing from a fantastic director working with such talented cast – Stanley Tucci scared the bejeesus out of me. Seriously.

I felt the same way about this recipe: my favorite food “director” pairing chocolate and almonds in cookie form. Heavenly.

Almond truffle cookies / Biscoitinhos de amêndoa com recheio trufado

Almond truffle cookies
from Donna Hay magazine

¼ cup (56g/½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup + 1 tablespoon (100g) brown sugar, both packed
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 egg yolk
½ cup + ½ tablespoon (75g) all purpose flour, sifted
¼ cup almond meal
¼ teaspoon baking powder

Truffle filling:*
200g dark chocolate, chopped – I used 70% cocoa solids
¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
1 ½ tablespoons (21g) unsalted butter, room temperature

Start by making the filling: place the chocolate, cream and butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
Place the butter, sugar, vanilla and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the egg yolk and beat well to combine. Add the flour, almond meal and baking powder and beat for 1 minute or until well combined.
Roll leveled teaspoons of dough into balls and place onto prepared sheets. Flatten each ball slightly with your fingers.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden in the bottom. Cool completely on sheets.

To assemble, place the chocolate filling into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe a small amount onto half of the cookies. Sandwich with the remaining cookies.

* I generously filled the cookies, but there was still a lot of filling left – I believe that 2/3 of the recipe would have been enough

Makes 16 sandwich cookies


Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie said...

Oh my...these look delicious! I'm going to have to save this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

Snooky doodle said...

oh chocolate and almonds are two of my favourite things. these look delicious!

Anh said...

I made these before! They are really good!

Danielle said...

Oh, goodness these look absolutely divine! Good job!

Valerie Gamine said...

After lemons and limes, Almonds are my favourite key ingredient. These cookies look divine! :)

ChichaJo said...

My favorite food director too ;) They look great and beautifully directed by you! :)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Beautiful pictures and these cookies look amazing :)

Anshika said...

Almond cookies that too with truffle filling. Must be yummy!!

eatme_delicious said...

What cute little cookies! Love the sound of a truffle filling. I have never really looked through or tried any Donna Hay stuff. I really should.

Jane said...

Beautiful cookies, Patricia. I've been thinking about using almond meal in something, and now I know what that something is going to be!

Lizzie said...

oh. my. god. i just died! these look like pure perfection!

Peabody said...

Oh yes! This is the second almond and chocolate thing I saw today. Clearly it is a message. :)
Those look awesome.

Gala said...

yum that sounds like a real classy cookie!

symphonious sweets said...

I made these last night and they are sooo good! I added a little cinnamon to the chocolate. I only got 8 sandwiches out of the recipe and a whole lot of left over truffle mix... guess I better whip up another batch! Thanks for a great recipe!

Carolyn said...

you should read the book! it's very good.. just be prepared to cry!

Removalists Australia said...

Almond truffle cookies one of my favorite! Thanks for providing a recipe.

recruitment new Zealand said...

I just ate but my stomach is carving for that cookie. LOL! This recipe is a stomach saver.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Jennifer, thank you for stopping by! I hope you like these!

Natalie, thank you, darling!

Anh, I'm glad to know that!

Danielle, tks for visiting!

Valerina, almonds are great, I agree with you!
Thank you!

Joey, I knew you'd agree. ;)
Thank you, sweetie!

Helene, thank you!

Lone Acorn, they are! :D

Ashley, you should, darling, because her recipes are amazing.

Jane, I hope you try them!

Lizzie, thank you!

Pea, it's a sign, darling. ;)

Gala, thank you!

Symphonious Sweets, I'm so glad to hear that! And adding cinnamon is a wonderful idea, tks for letting me know!

Carolyn, thank you - I will!

Removalists, thank you.

Recruitment, thank you.

Maybe said...

I love these ! They look delicious yet so simple to make !

Hilary said...

I too can't wait to see the film. Stanley Tucci is utterly CREEPY in it - perfect casting! (He is so versatile - he was a total charmer in Julie & Julia.)

These cookies look just delicious. I am a sucker for anything almond these days.

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