Monday, May 26, 2014

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

I've been feeling restless lately. 


A combination of repetition, stress, and some personal things that don't have a space in these pages. 


So what's the answer? Getting my ass into the kitchen and creating something. 


Often I find myself wishing I could draw, or even just doodle to pass the time and get out thoughts in a way that seems less like work. (When you're a professional writer, sometimes you need another outlet).

But I'm useless when it comes to art, so I stick with the type you can eat instead of draw.

These cookies are one of my favourite recent creations, baked and decorated to look like little mini donuts.


How cheerful, non? I love a little touch of whimsy.



Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
Leanne Bakes

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (can sub 1 cup chocolate chips, especially mini chocolate chips!)

For the chocolate donut glaze:
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup sprinkles

Directions
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream the melted butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. When it's time, preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a standard mini donut pan.

Using your hands or a small spoon, scoop about a 1 inch round of dough. Press it into the greased donut pan, about halfway full. Repeat for the remaining little donut spots.

Bake for 10-13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they begin to set and turn a golden brown around the edges. Cool in the pans for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze, melt the chocolate and butter on low power in the microwave (or in a double boiler). Whisk in the icing sugar, and add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until smooth and glossy.

Dip the donut cookies into the glaze, and allow to dry on a wire rack over parchment. Sprinkle with sprinkles and enjoy!

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