It feels like an eternity since my last post, two weeks to be exact but I’m not counting. It’s just been a naturally busy time of year which I enjoy but it does feel good to be able to write a post. In that two week hiatus we enjoyed all of the excitement of Christmas and an awesome snow trip to the mountains (and a visit to the e.r. after losing a fight with a bungee cord) with some great friends. On New Years Eve we attended a kids size party which ended when the ball dropped on the east coast but I’m happy to say I did manage to stay awake for our real west coast midnight time only to roll into bed five minutes later. If this was a Tweet it would be followed by #feelingold.
Inspiration for new posts always come in various forms and this was no different. I have been meaning to make a cookie sandwich for a while and after watching this Jacques Torres video clip on a friends blog, Fudge Ripple I knew I had to use his recipe. Jacques Torres is the French pastry chef whom I’m convinced has chocolate for blood. I could watch and listen to him all day long in awe of his mad pastry skills. I used his chocolate chip cookie recipe which should be called chunks instead of chips because of the abundance of blocks and shards of chocolate which are swirled all through the brown sugary dough of freaking awesomeness! I sandwiched them together with a dark chocolate ganache, yeah you could use butter cream but I prefer ganache with it’s silky soft truffle like feeling on my tongue but I wont shoot you if you choose a good chocolate butter cream. Ganache is way easier and faster to make than butter cream, whip it up in a mixer after its cooled and you have a deep, decadent topping for anything from cupcakes to your fingers! Chocolate cookie sandwiches are the way to go!
I hope 2012 is a great year for everyone. I plan to give Foodness Gracious a makeover very soon and continue blogging for my fantastic followers. I really appreciate the comments and advice you leave me post after post. I have met some other amazing bloggers since beginning this journey and love the camaraderie among the blogging community. I wish all of you a fantastic and healthy New Year!
Here’s the recipe from Jacques Torres: I halved the recipe and still have leftover dough in the fridge, darn it I’ll fix that problem soon enough :) so beware unless you want to be eating cookies 24/7 which is not really a bad thing with these cookies!
1 pound unsalted butter