So, can we just have 30 seconds of silence for these guys? They were devoured so quickly they never knew what hit 'um. Honestly though, it was inevitable. With the man of the house being a severe chocoholic, they weren't going to stick around for very long. I mean, I helped but come on... look at them! They look amazing.
recipe adapted from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
2/3 cup unsweetened ghirardelli cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
a dash of salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
8 oz. 60% cocoa bittersweet ghirardelli chocolate chips
finely chopped almonds
Whisk together your dry ingredients in a stand mixer. Melt the butter in a separate bowl then stir in the vanilla extract. Add your melted butter and vanilla extract mix to the dry ingredients and set to medium for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly combined. It should form a dough like mixture as seen in the above image (the set of three). Cover your bowl with saran wrap and let sit in the fridge for an hour.
After an hour, remove the dough from the fridge and start rolling it into balls. I used a tablespoon which seemed to be the perfect two-bite size. Make sure to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and line them up as you go. This is mostly for visual sake. I'm rather particular but by all means space them as you like as long as they don't touch. :) Once you have finished rolling all of your dough into balls place the cookie sheet into the fridge to reset the dough. All of the work with your hands will warm it up quite a bit.
While your dough sets melt your chocolate, chop up almonds, and get all of your toppings out and prepped for decorating. I used a medium size bowl in the microwave to heat until almost completely melted. Then I stirred for 30 sec to a minute until smooth. You can also use a double boiler to melt the chocolate if you desire. Microwave was just faster for me.
Now comes the fun part! There are a multitude of ways to cover and decorate your brownie batter truffles. Most of the balls were left sitting on the parchment and then I poured the melted chocolate over just enough to coat until it dripped down the sides to the parchment. Once you have covered your truffles let the warm chocolate sit for a couple minutes before adding toppings otherwise, they will simple sink into the chocolate and you wont be able to see them. Which, let's be honest, isn't by any means a bad thing.
Lastly, have fun! Play around with different combinations and find what tingles your tastebuds the most. My favorite was just some good ol' kosher salt sprinkled on top. Simple AND delicious!
*I feel like I should add that this post is not affiliated or sponsored by Ghirardelli in any way and does not represent their views or opinions. I believe that if you are going to put the time and effort into making a delicious dessert that you should go all out and use the best products for you and yours. For me, with chocolate, that is Ghirardelli. And in further effort of full disclosure, the cocoa powder was totally on clearance at Target. SCORE! You can substitute any of these cocoa/chocolate products for semi-sweet if that flavor suits your liking better or just another brand you may prefer.
I hope I have given you a new reason to get excited about dessert! Enjoy and let me know if you make these for yourself or friends or whatever the occasion may be. Leave a comment telling me about your experience making them, if you have questions, or a link if you blog about it. I can't wait to see what you can do with them :)