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This recipe was a complete accident.  I was making Cookie Dough Topped Brownies and feeling over-confident in my memory of the brownie ingredients.  When I got past the step of stirring in sugar, I realized something was wrong.  The batter was much thicker than it should be.

Fortunately, I realized that my mistake was adding 50% more sugar than the recipe called for.  Rather than throw everything away at that point, I added 50% extra of every thing else.  As a result, I had an extra 9X9 pan of brownies and nothing to do with them…

Until I thought about what was in my freezer.  Did you know that buttercream stores very well in the freezer?  How about some White Chocolate Buttercream?

And then I looked again.  Did you know that mocha ganache also freezes well?  I happened to have extra from my Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Oh that is right, one rich chocolate brownie topped with not one, but two incredible toppings.

Thanks to a small mistake and leftovers from baking, I made Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache, another delicious dessert for our Thanksgiving with Friends.

Make these.  No mistakes necessary.

Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache

Makes 16 brownies (more if you want small pieces, brownies are very rich)

Ingredients:

Brownie (recipe from Baker’s)

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick)

1 cups sugar

1 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup all purpose flour

White Chocolate Buttercream

2 ounces baking white chocolate

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 1/2 tablespoons milk (any type is fine)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Mocha Ganache

5 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate

1/4 cup extra-strong brewed coffee

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

Brownies

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter and chocolate in large sauce pan over low to medium heat

Stir in sugar

Stir in eggs and vanilla

Whisk in flour until smooth

Pour into a 9×9 pan lined with foil and greased or sprayed with cooking spray

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean

Buttercream

While brownies are cooling, make buttercream

Combine the white chocolate and whipping cream in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat, stirring continuously

Remove from heat and stir in milk

Refrigerate for mixture for half hour

When white chocolate mixture is cool, finish making the buttercream

Beat the butter until creamy

Beat in confectioners’ sugar until butter and sugar are light and fluffy

Now beat in the cooled white chocolate mixture until buttercream is creamy and light

Spread over cooled brownies and refrigerate until buttercream hardens slightly

Ganache

While brownies with buttercream are chilling, prepare ganache

Chop up the chocolate, coarsely, and prepare extra-strong coffee

Slice up your butter and set aside

Now set up your double boiler; bring water to a simmer in medium pot over low-medium heat

Place heat-proof bowl of chocolate over the pot

Pour the coffee over your chocolate

Continuously stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

Remove bowl from heat and whisk in the butter until creamy

Then allow ganache to cool, stirring occasionally

Ganache is ready when the mixture gets nice and thick

Spread over buttercream layer

Keep brownies stored in a cool place

 

 

What would you do with extra brownie?

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Do you remember the sandwich cookies I served at my Thanksgiving with Friends?  Well I am finally sharing my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache!

It was all I could do to keep the Taster from popping a dozen of them into his mouth before our party, but luckily this recipe makes  A LOT of cookies.

The cookie itself is soft and chewy.  It isn’t too sweet and acts as a light balance to the rich mocha ganache.  I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d make this ganache again.  Ever since I made that banana cake I’ve been trying to find another excuse to slather that rich mocha deliciousness onto something.  There is one more recipe coming soon that uses this ganache as well, it is THAT good!

The recipe is time consuming, it probably took me the better part of a day from start to finish.  Between baking dozens of cookies, making a ganache and sandwiching them all together, be prepared for a project.

But, they are well worth it.  One, they freeze very well so you can make them ahead of time, and two, they make so many you can find a couple of uses for them.

This cookie recipe is adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookies II in this cookbookSide note, if you are ever in the market for a basic cookie cookbook, this is a great one.  My dad bought it for my mom as a gift forever ago, and I had to buy a copy for myself a few years ago.

The first step for making Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache is to make your cookie dough.

The recipe calls for sifted flour

So you will actually need to sift it prior to measuring.  When a recipe says “1 cup of flour, sifted” it means you measure the flour first, then sift.  If it says “1 cup of sifted flour” it means to sift the flour, then measure it out

Sifted flour is much lighter so you will get less of it cup for cup than had you not sifted it

Combine your flour with the other dry ingredients and whisk them together then set aside

Next, combine the butter and sugars

Mix well until light and fluffy

Then add your eggs and vanilla

Combine well

Reduce the speed of your mixer to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients

Now, since I made mini cookies, I thought mini chips were more appropriate.  Stir them into your batter

Chill your dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight

When ready to bake, scoop teaspoonfuls of cookie dough

Roll them into balls (see how small?)

And lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges

Notice that the cookies barely brown?

Set the cookies aside on cooling racks

While cookies are cooling, prepare your ganache (Refer to this post for step-by-step photos). Once the ganache is thick, you are ready to make your sandwiches

Although the cookies were mostly uniform in size, I lined them up in pairs to make sure each half was as close in size and shape as possible.  This made the sandwiching process go more quickly

Spread a layer of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie

Top with a second cookie and lightly press down

Repeat until all of your cookie sandwiches are complete

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache

Makes 35-40 sandwich cookies

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookies II in The Search for The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

3 cups sifted flour*

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mocha Ganache**

10 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate

1/2 cup extra-strong brewed coffee

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

Cookies

Combine sifted flour with the other dry ingredients and whisk them together;  set aside

Next, combine the butter and sugars; beat well until light and fluffy

Then add your eggs and vanilla and combine well

Reduce the speed of your mixer to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients

Stir chocolate chips into your batter

Chill your dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight

Once ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Scoop teaspoonfuls of cookie dough and roll them into balls with the circumference of a quarter

Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges; cookies will not change color much

Set the cookies aside on cooling racks

While cookies are cooling, prepare your ganache

Ganache

Make ganache while cookies are cooling

Chop up the chocolate, coarsely, and prepare extra-strong coffee

Slice up your butter and set aside

Now set up your double boiler; bring water to a simmer in medium pot over low-medium heat

Place heat-proof bowl of chocolate over the pot

Pour the coffee over your chocolate

Continuously stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

Remove bowl from heat and whisk in the butter until creamy

Then allow ganache to cool, stirring occasionally

Ganache is ready when the mixture gets nice and thick

Cookie Sandwiches

Spread a layer of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie

Top with a second cookie and lightly press down

Repeat until all of your cookie sandwiches are complete

Notes

*When a recipe says “1 cup of flour, sifted” it means you measure the flour first, then sift.  If it says “1 cup of sifted flour” it means to sift the flour, then measure it out.  So you will actually need to sift it prior to measuring.

**This is actually more than enough ganache than you will need for this recipe.  Save your extra cup or so because I have ANOTHER recipe for you to use it!

These cookies would be perfect for holiday cookie swaps.  What do you think, is this a sandwich you can get behind?

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Turkey

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Lots of desserts

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Wine

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More meat

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Delicious side dishes

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Too many desserts

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Friends

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guests newlyweds

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Tradition

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room 1

Much too many desserts

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More food than one could imagine out of a NYC kitchen

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More people than you’d usually fit in a 1-bedroom apartment

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5 Years of Thanksgiving with Friends

Five years ago, in what started out as a “dinner club” with two other couples, Matt and I hosted our first mock Thanksgiving dinner with friends.  Four friends came to Matt’s apartment at the time for a turkey, sweet potato casserole, and some other dishes that aren’t memorable enough to stand out in my mind.  It was a fun night and such a success that in the years that followed, our intimate dinner party of six has turned into an annual event with almost twenty friends.  It gives us an opportunity to be in the kitchen together, share an evening with many of our closest friends, and show them how thankful we are for them through delicious food.

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This year’s dinner was so much fun and full of many tasty traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving dishes: Turkey, Brisket, Turkey Meatloaf, Salad, String Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

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And of course, as you surely already know, lots of desserts

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Cookie sandwiches: Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches with White Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mocha Ganache and Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake bars

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Cookie Dough Topped Brownies

cooke dough brownies

Gooey Caramel Butter Bars

caramel bars

Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Bars

Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream and Mocha Ganache

I am excited about the recipes I have to share from the dinner party over the next few weeks!  There are definitely some new desserts that I know I’ll be making again

What is your favorite Thanksgiving-related tradition?

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