Little Time, Little Chocolate Mud Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

I can hardly believe my parents have been here a week already. Actually, I can notice it rather clearly: I only had time to make cookies this week! But these little bites of heaven were enough to keep us talking and eating for a few days! Imagine a chocolate cake with a hint of coffee sandwiched between two dark chocolate shortbread cookies and held together by a dab of chocolate ganache. The combination of textures is just perfect.

A good bit of time is spent around the dinner table catching up, making plans. It's like being on vacation at home. The weather has been gorgeous and we have spent most afternoons out and about, sightseeing, catching the first flower blooms and enjoying the warm, already summer like temperatures. I hope I don't sound like a broken record with my "parent stories" but it is one of the most important things on my agenda right now. I want to write it down and share so I can remember and be reminded. It's a good break for them and a good break for me.

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

I know B. loves having them around too as he and my mom are like two peas in a pod and he loves catching up with the family "back home". He's been so gracious in giving our "together time" for the next few weeks that I wanted to bake him something special. I know the man loves cookies. Small word if you saw his face when I asked what kind he would like. "Something fun!" he said.

Small cookies are always fun and since it was for him and I know he likes cakes as much as cookies. Mud cake cookie sandwiches fit the bill perfectly. It may sound odd, ok I admit it, it did sound really strange to my parents but trust me, it works. These are probably the best fun bites I have had in a while. Crunch, creamy and soft. They are great with a simple glass of milk but they are also perfect with homemade chocolate sorbet. Pure chocolate therapy.

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookies

Chocolate Mud Cake Cookie Sandwiches Recipe:


Makes 24

For the Chocolate Sable Cookies:
1 stick butter (113 grams) butter, at room temperature
¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
½ vanilla bean, seeded or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2 egg yolks
1 ½ cups (190 grams) all purpose flour, minus 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons (16gr) cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add vanilla, then the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl in between each addition. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and beat until the dough just starts to come together. Add some heavy cream if the dough still looks very crumbly and dry. Gather the dough into a ball, flatten it a little to a small disk and wrap it well in plastic wrap. Refrigerate two hours before using.
Lightly flour your work area well and start rolling the dough from the center out, lifting it from the work area every 2-3 times you roll over it. With a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out 48 rounds in the dough, gathering scraps and rerolling as you go (you might need to refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes if it becomes too soft to roll out easily).
Place the cookies on 2 parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate 20 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

For the ganache:
6 oz (180gr) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the chocolate in a medium size bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly stir the chocolate and cream together until the ganache is completely smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

For the Mud Cake (adapted from Pamela Clark):
1 stick (113gr) butter, at room temperature
4 oz (120gr) dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup (200gr) sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) water
3 tablespoons (30gr) coffee liqueur
2 egg yolks
1 cup (125gr) all purpose flour
3 tablespoons (16gr) cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350F. Slightly coat two 8-x12-inch pans with cooking spray and line them with a piece of parchment paper. Slightly coat the parchment paper with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
In a small pot set over low heat, combine the butter, chocolate, sugar and water and stir until everything is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add the coffee liqueur and let cool to room temperature. Whisk in the egg yolks, then the flour and cocoa powder. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut 24 rounds of the same size as the cookies.

To assemble the cookies:
Spread a small amount of chocolate ganache under each cookie and sandwich a mud cake round in between two of them. Dust with cocoa powder if desired

93 comments:

Nithya said...

They look lovely! I can't wait to make them myself. I would never have dreamt of sandwiching cookies with cake, but now I can't think of anything else :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

These sandwich cookies are unusual! What an original idea... They look really good!

Cheers,

Rosa

morgana said...

wow!!!! What a good idea and good looking sandwhiches.. Mmmmmm.

Mobula said...

Helen, I love your recipes and your photos are amazing... could you post chocolate sobet recipe, please???

Ana

Miette said...

Those sound amazing good : crispy and softness... Could you post some of them to me ? ;-)

Cheers,

Miette

May said...

What a great idea! Those look so good and I'd definitely try to make them in the future :)

andaoana said...

The idea is astonishing.
Enjoy your parents and have fun with them.
Hugs,
Anda

Dominique said...

Très original! il me tarde d'essayer... et de goûter. Toujours aussi belles les photos!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Gorgeous!

Little Miss Cupcake said...

These look so simple and delicious!

Sunshinemom said...

Chocolicious:) I am bookmarking this one:)

sunita said...

Helen, I'm in chocolate heaven!!

Enjoy your special time with your folks :-)

Culinarywannabe said...

I like hearing about your parents' visit, it makes me homesick for my own! What beautiful little cookies. Dangerous when they are that small because you can eat so many!

Anita said...

Yum! They look extra tasty! Glad to hear you've having such a great time with your parents visiting.

VeggieGirl said...

Glad you're able to spend time with your family!! And STILL have time to create another impressively divine treat :-)

Dani said...

love it! enjoy the time with your fam :)

RecipeGirl said...

I love the mud cake idea. Your family must be in such awe of your great talents :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

B. has great taste, I'll say - he married you, after all. :)
Helen, my dear, I don't even need to tell you I'll be trying these soon, right? :D

ChichaJo said...

Chocolate and more chocolate! Never too much :) The cookies look adorable and sounds scrumptious!

Dana McCauley said...

That's just not enough chocolate! You have to try harder in the future! Kidding, of course!

Although, if you do decide you want to make something else that is supremely chocolatey, try this cake my friend Andrew used to make:

http://danamccauley.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/andrew-macissacs-flourless-chocolate-torte/

veron said...

Ah...there is nothing like chocolate bliss!

Jo said...

These sound absolutely delicious. Imagine having a cooking and eating a cake at the same time. I'm also glad that you are enjoying time with you family.

Julia said...

It sounds like you guys are all having a wonderful time together. I love how you described it as being on vacation at home! Those treats look so yummy. Chocolate shortbread--what a wonder!

Nicisme said...

Glad to hear you are having a wonderful time with your parents.
The mud cake cookies look super - I'll have mine with the choc sorbet please.

jillian said...

Cookies with cake sounds like something my husband would love too. These are so cute!

Junglefrog said...

They look absolutely delicious. it wouldn't be something I would think of to combine cookies and cake but it seems to make perfect sense! I love your mom and dad stories by the way. I am really enjoying reading about it!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh Helen I could use a little chocolate therapy right now.
You have it right enjoy your mom & dad & B!!

Arlette said...

Oh Helene your chocolate cookies are delicous I am going to try them this week.

I am home sick too, I wish my mom and my sisters can come again this year for a visit, or I can go and see every one.... enjoy the visit and the precious moments.

paula said...

these look divine. the photos and the cookies.

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

Oh Helen, those delicious chocolate cookies are calling me so loud! Haven't I mentioned I'm on a diet?
xoxo

Char said...

sheer heaven

Rita said...

Oh, you made me crave chocolate right now...

A Canadian Foodie said...

Every day I am left salivating! Your hubby is one lucky man.... but who eats all this? Do you modify your recipes for just one meal so there aren't any left overs?... or do you gift your sweets daily? They are tremendously gorgeous, creative, thoughtful and decadent. I am inspired by you daily - but do want to know what you do with all the treats!
Valerie

anna said...

Those are so cute! I love that you're sandwiching cake between cookies!

☾ Ash ♡ said...

Yummy! They look so absolutely perfect! Glad you're having a great time with your parents.

Helene said...

Wow, I would love to snack on those. Gorgeous pictures.

Hélène:)

Karyne said...

faut dire que ça donne envie! mais dis moi, comment tu traduirais ce beau nom en français???

Rachel said...

Chocolate shortbread cookie sandwiches? Be still my heart.

Roberto N. said...

These look amazing... gotta try these sometime.

Tartelette said...

Valerie: most of my recipes are for 4 or 6 people so we may have the same dessert two days in a row but most of the time I freeze them for later. Everything can be eaten over 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Certain items like large cakes, cookies and macarons are shared with the neighbors and my Pilates students.

Lucy said...

One word: glorious!
They look like pure chocolate heaven :)

Natalie said...

mmmmm
i could use about 7 of those right now.

Ash said...

These look amazingly good!
what a great recipe!

Hayley said...

So pretty, as always. I never would have thought to combine all of these desserts.

Isa Lourenço said...

Adorei as fotos para além do seu blog.
Sou fã assidua...
Parabéns

squirrelbread said...

ah, so sweet! and very creative.

cheers,

*heather*

Louise T said...

These look amazing! I'm so glad I came across your blog, I can't wait to try so many of the recipes :-)

Bea said...

Profites-en bien ! Ce sont les meilleurs moments. Moi non plus je n'ai le temps de rien ces temps-ci, meme pas de lire les blogs auxquels je suis habituee, c'est pour dire ! Ils ont l'air delicieux tes cookies.

Cam said...

Thank you! Thank you! We got our little care package today and we were so happy to be eating these while reading this post! You are the best. After seeing your wonderful pictures, there is no way I will send you the ones I took of my plating...ahahah! Maybe I'll send you one of the boys eating them!
xoxo

Aran said...

sharing these little chocolate gems with family must be the best. beautiful photos!

cindy* said...

these are fun! and different for your parents i am sure...so glad to here you are having a blast with your family (:

jodye said...

These are so adorable and delicious looking! I love miniature treats!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

These would make me very happy. Truly. Beautiful photos!

mycookinghut said...

Looks so yummy the choc cookie sandwiches!
Lovely photos!

bbaking said...

these look so yummy!!!! aah you are a fantastic cook! :)

evil and demented little cooker girl said...

i really admire your work! another fan here!
:) can't wait to try out your recipes

Tartelette said...

Karyne: c'est difficile a traduire car le "mud cake" est vraiment typique aux US. C'est un gateau chocolat-cafe ou chocolat-liqueur de cafe. "mud" signifie "boue" et on l'appelle ainsi a cause de sa couleur qui rappelle celle de la boue. Donc, tu vois, pas tres joyeux!!

Edwina said...

I am so glad I stumbled upon your beautiful blog! Your baking and images are inspirational. One thing though, would you mind sharing how you made the images sometime for those of us that are particularly interested in the photography aspect. I have really enjoyed visiting!

Tartelette said...

Edwina: you can read more about it here.

Lori said...

Odd- no
Brilliant- yes
Mouthwatering- absolutely!

laura said...

This recipe made my mouth water. My husband would flip if I made him those. Looks like I have a new weekend project!

Vanille said...

Trop bon ces petits cookies tout chocolat !
Et je ne me lasse pas de ton talent de conteuse d'histoires...

diva said...

is that Cath Kidston bowl in the background??anyway, just reading the first paragraph nearly put me in a heart attack. i was this close to breaking Lent for some of these...
ganache, chocolate cake, dash of coffee, chocolate biscuits?!?! you're killing me.

looks fab by the way, as usual. :) x

unconfidentialcook said...

When anyone mentions mud cake...I'm in....These look fantastic!

Renee said...

oh yum! they look unbelievably good!

pastry studio said...

Oooooo, what a great idea to combine textures into a beautiful little sandwich. I definitely have to make these for a party!

Erin said...

I'm impressed you blogged at all while your parents were in town. My mom just left today after a 10 day visit, and I didn't cook or blog the whole time she was here. She's a great cook, so I sat back and let her cook for us since I had to work during the days :)

coffeegrounded said...

Chocolate PLUE coffee?

I am in heaven, and I was delivered by this recipe!

:)

lynda said...

These look scrumptious! I don't know how you are findng all this time to bake and create with your parents here, but I am glad you are!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love a dessert where you don't have to choose between cookies and cake. So glad you're having this wonderful time with your parents.

Christy said...

Fantastic!! I can't believe you have time to make stuff while working on your book and having your parents there. Quite a feat you pulled, I should be ashamed of not blogging more frequently. Love the mud cake chocolate cookie sandwiches!

glasswing said...

Hey... these look like a chocolate lover's dream. I'm more of a vanilla girl... not that I wouldn't eat these greedily in a snap. Very good looking. You rule ,T.

Kristin said...

As I sit here drooling over the images! Oh that looks like a wonderful treat for a Thursday. I just love coming to your blog. Beautiful-wonderful!

Sallie said...

These look fantastic - can't wait to make them. I will never, ever grow tired of reading of your visit with your parents. Makes me miss mine evermore. Enjoy each and every moment and be sure to tell us about it.

duodishes said...

How do you make all of these lovely sweets without eating them all yourself? Yum!

Cynthia said...

I know that I do not have to tell you what gorgeous desserts you make.

little girl said...

It raised my appetite,yummyyy:)

birdutmasali said...

mmmmmmmmmmm...
:))
very nice AND DELİCİOUS
SEE YOU AGAİN
BYE.

Philo said...

Ils sont magnifiques ces biscuits ! J'aurai aimé piocher dedans

Jude said...

I like the sharp contrast in textures. Even sables by itself are delicious for me so this sounds like such an indulgence.

Tartelette said...

Leemei: it is actually some little bowls (and I mean tiny) that my mom picked up at their local grocery store. No specific markings or brands on the bottom.

Karyne said...

il me semblait bien qu'une traduction était délicate!!! merci quand même d'avoir pris le temps d'y réfléchir!

Maya said...

Absolutely decadent!

Julia said...

that looks so super yummy! I'll try some day!

Nicole said...

What a fun recipe! I think I could do this one too!

sarahlambersky said...

Great looking cookies. Their shape reminds me of macarons.
Are they easier to make (more foolproof)?

bklynharuspex said...

they look amazing, and I know I'm a pest, but don't you need twice as many cookie circles as mud cake circles? Maybe you just cut 24 mud cakes?

Tartelette said...

You are absolutely right! That is a typo I will fix. Thank you!

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Francijn Brouwer said...

I saved the recipe
http://tartelette.blogspot.com/2008/02/chocolate-coffee-tartelettes.html for later, but can't find it now. Do you know where it is?

I wanted to bake them today, but that will have to wait :-)
Could you please email me at
j.f.brouwer (at) hetnet.nl?

Sere said...

Hi tartelette! excuse me...
in one of the photos on the right (the lower one) I seem to notice... a chocolate ice cream? am I right? is there the recipe anywhere?

thanks

ps: I love your blog and your recipes ;)

erika said...

hi helen!
looooooooooove your blog :)
my sister is coming into town saturday and i wanted to make these for her (a true chocoholic) but i'll be away from the kitchen friday for work...is there anyway i can make these thursday and they'll be ok till saturday? or make the components and assemble saturday morning?
thanks so much!!

Tegan said...

They look delectable. I deffo know what I'm making this Sunday. Are you going to have a post on your macaron classes you held? I read about them on Bakerella's blog which is how i was directed to you!

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