Chocolate buttons

 

Happy New Year 2012~

Wishing you good health, prosperity and lots of joy!

A tiny sugar cookie shaped like a button is flavored with chocolate, coated with ganache and dabbed with a whisper of gold leaf.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted  butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or coffee

METHOD:

  1. Place the eggs, sugar in a food processor bowl or mixer. Process to mix well, about 1 minute; add the butter, vanilla and melted chocolate and mix to combine well. In a bowl mix the baking powder, salt and flour with a whisk.
  2. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, taking care not to overmix once the flour is no longer visible. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour or longer.
  3. Shape the dough into small balls, 3/4 inch in diameter; place on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Bake in a 350F oven for 5 minutes checking if the cookies are puffed up; bake one or two minutes longer and let them cool.

GANACHE:
  • 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (I bar of Lindt excellence or 70% chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

METHOD:

  1. Pour the cream into a saucepan; scald it and place chunks of chocolate in it; add the honey and stir gently until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Add the butter and stir to combine. This cream can be kept in a plastic bowl, covered, at room temperature for a day or in the fridge or frozen; to reheat, bring to room temperature and heat gently on the stove or in the microwave in 30 second increments.
  2. Dip each cookie in the cream and place on a piece of wax paper in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Place a tiny bit of gold leaf on each cookie with a small knife or fork. Serve.

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27 Comments

  1. Posted December 31, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    These are so simply elegant! Great way to ring in the new year – happy new year!!

  2. Posted December 31, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    May you have a savory year, blessed and merry! Happy New Year! :)

  3. Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    They look so pretty and divine.

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year! Wishing you all good things for the year ahead! Hopefully that lovely touch of gold leaf is a sign of prosperity to come for all.

  5. Zeina
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Wishing you a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year filled with joy!

  6. Posted December 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    here Joumana
    Meilleurs voeux gourmands pour 2012!!Pierre

  7. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes to you in the new year!

  8. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    May take a little time but they look easy enough. Wishing you a happy New Year and much health and prosperity!

  9. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    You do know how to celebrate – exquisite and the added gold leaf just heightens the celebration. Happy 2012 – make it bring joys all year.

  10. Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Those would be just the perfect treats for a New year’s party! Happy 2012!

  11. Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Très joli !! je te souhaite bonne et heureuse année 2012

  12. Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    These are so perfect and cute! I would be scared to make them myself because of my non-surgeon like hands. Happy New Year!

  13. Posted January 1, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Those are so pretty and elegant! And I bet delicious too.
    Happy New Year to you!

  14. Posted January 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year Joumana, here’s to your health and happiness and a big thank you for sharing great stories and fine food with us. Tom

  15. Joumana
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    @Tom, Joyti, Banana Wonder,Amal, Natasha, Claudia, Peter,Joan, Pierre, Zeina, T.W., Rosa, Mariana, Belinda, thanks for your good wishes and likewise!

  16. Posted January 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Yummy chocolate buttons! My best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New. May all good things come your way.

  17. Posted January 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I casn never say no to a chocolate treat especially if it is as seductive as these little treats. A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you too Joumana!

  18. Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012!
    Those chocolate buttons look divine!

  19. Posted January 2, 2012 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year Joumana filled with love, health, prosperity and hapiness!

  20. Posted January 2, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    These are gorgeous! Wishing you and your loved ones a happy new year and wonderful holiday season.

  21. Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    What gorgeous cookies, I love the edible gold flakes, make the cookies so special:) Happy new year to you!

  22. Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    What beautiful little treats! I love the gold leaf – so festive! Happy New Year!

  23. Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Bonsoir Joumana, je te souhaites à toi et tes proches tout le bonheur du monde et ( enfin ) une paix dans le monde. Voilà des boutons qui ne m’aurai pas gêner quand j’étais jeune et que maintenant j’adore…

  24. Posted January 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    That looks gorgeous! I love the little gold leaf on top, making it look so pretty and festive. Happy New Year.

  25. Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    These are just delightful!
    I hope you had a fantastic New Years celebration!

  26. Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Ooohhh…these are so beautiful, what a festive way to celebrate the holidays. Happy New Year to you and your family, Joumana! – S

  27. Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Being a certified chocoholic, I love these! What a beauty molding them :)

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