Although I am a few weeks behind, this post completes my year-long challenge! It was such a fun challenge and it pushed me to create many things in my kitchen that I otherwise would not have. I thought this was a fitting recipe to end with since I have been such a cookie fanatic lately. I loved the ganache! Sandwiched in between the cookies, it rounded out the taste just perfectly.
And yes, I’m done with my diet, so bring on the chocolate!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spread 1 cup of walnuts in a pie plate and toast them for 8 minutes. Let cool and chop. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle, combine:
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Beat in 1 egg. On low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Stir in the walnuts and 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips.
Spoon level tablespoons of the dough onto 2 ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Place 4 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl.
In a small saucepan, bring 5 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream and 2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup to a boil. Pour mixture over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth.
Whisk in 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche.
Refrigerate the ganache, stirring occasionally, until thick and spreadable, 1 hour.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, until golden. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Sandwich the cookies with the ganache and serve!
Don’t they look delicious?!
Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 5 tbsp. heavy cream
- 2 1/2 tbsp. light corn syrup
- 2 tbsp. creme fraiche
- MAKE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spread the nuts in a pie plate and toast for 8 minutes; let cool, then chop.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter with the sugars and vanilla at medium speed, 1 minute. Beat in the egg. On low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Beat in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Spoon level tablespoons of the dough onto 2 ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- MAKE GANACHE: Put the chocolate in a bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream and corn syrup to a boil; pour over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in the crème fraiche. Refrigerate the ganache, stirring occasionally, until thick and spreadable, 1 hour.
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, until golden; let cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Sandwich the cookies with the ganache and serve.
Happy When Not Hungry
Wow these cookies look amazing!
Wow this is some serious chocolate cookie goodness! Im drooling and wanting some almond milk to have with these. =)
I was sucked in by the photos–fantastic! I thought I was happy with my chocolate chip cookie recipe but these look so good I WILL be making them.
What a great recipe to finish off with a bang! I love Food & Wine so I bet this was a fun challenge for you!
The Chocolate Priestess
I did something similar recently for a cookbook review I did. Tastes great, huh?
These look fantastic! I made cookie sandwiches all summer long with ice cream sandwiched in the middle, and love this alternative!
Amazing cookies! I love cookies, I love chocolate – how could these not be wonderful!
Well done! Quite a cookie accomplishment! These are a great way to end the series too…they look FABULOUS!
Diet schmiet! Who needs a diet when you've got these babies lying around!?
These sure up the appeal of the already fabulous chocolate chip cookie! These must be SO delicious!
Emily @ Life on Food
What a way to end the challenge! These looks so amazing. I would like one now but I suppose I have to wait till I get my act together this weekend with some baking. Until then I will be dreaming of these.
Just when I thought chocolate chip cookies couldn't get any better!