HEY LAAAAAAAAADY! Hows a bout you quit eating all the cookies so you have some to fill?
I pretty much tend to stick to two cookies when I bake, Jacque Torres’ chocolate chip and Cooks Illustrated’s crispy oatmeal (and yes, Jacque’s cookies require two days in the fridge, but at least you can nibble on that dough as you wait). Cookies that have to be rolled and cut and chilled and rolled and chilled take too much time to satisfy my need for instant cookie gratification. Yet cooking with a baby, this whole chill for three hour thing works. Ella gives me about an hour or so in the kitchen before she’s had enough. Just enough time to mix some dough and get it rolled out.
This time I thought ahead for mom’s group and baked these beauties over the weekend. And since no one brought ganache filled speculoos last time, the crazy lady in my head shut off for just a second. OK, I know you know that that is a total lie. She’s pretty much always on.
On their own the cookies were pleasant- spicy and crisp, but a little dull to look at. What are those? Necco Wafers? So as per Dorie’s* suggestion I decided to fill them with chocolate ganache (page 467) which came together beautifully. At first I was worried that the chocolate would over power the cinnamon. Really, these just tasted like mexican sipping chocolate in cookie form.
I let the ganache chill overnight- as per Ella’s demands, and filled the cookies the next morning, judiciously testing as I went. One for me, one for you. Two for me, one for you. One giant scoop of ganache for me, I will never fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans again. So it goes.
Looking back theses would make wonderful gifts for the holidays. If I could stop eating them. Merry christmas folks. To save you from consuming extra calories at the holidays I ate your christmas gift! You can thank me later.
* I’m a member of French Fridays with Dorie, a super fun cooking group taking on Dorie Greenspan’s, Around My French Table. Each month we select four recipes and write about our efforts. Join the fun, or keep up with the whole lot of us!