Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Photo: Tuan
5 dozen

Get your holiday chocolate fix with this rich treat from Malika Ameen, a former contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef: Just Desserts."


  • 17 ounces 58% cacao chocolate pistoles

  • 10 ounces white chocolate calets

  • 5 ounces 38% cacao chocolate pistoles

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cake flour

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (Dutch process)

  • 1 teaspoon Vietnamese extra-fancy cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon European-style butter

  • 3 large eggs

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 1 ⅓ cups plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar

  • 1 ⅛ teaspoons Trablit or pure coffee extract

  • 2 ¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup coarse sanding sugar


  1. Place 5 ounces of 58% cacao, white chocolate, and 38% cacao on a cutting board; very coarsely chop chocolate, leaving a third of the pieces whole. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together both flours, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; set aside.

  3. Set a heatproof bowl over (but not touching) simmering water. Add remaining 12 ounces 58% cacao, unsweetened chocolate, and butter; let melt, stirring, until well combined.

  4. Transfer chocolate to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add eggs and yolks; blend until just combined. Add superfine sugar, Trablit, and vanilla; mix to combine. Add flour mixture and mix to just combine, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add reserved chopped and whole chocolate pieces; mix to just incorporate. Cover and transfer dough to refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat a convection oven to 325 degrees or a conventional oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats.

  6. Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish. Fill a second shallow dish with water. Using a 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop, scoop out dough; press down on tops of dough with your thumb. Dip bottom of each portion of dough in water and then in sanding sugar; place on prepared baking sheets.

  7. Transfer to oven and bake for 4 minutes in a convection oven or 3 minutes for a conventional oven. Rotate baking sheet and continue baking until cookies are just set (they will still look slightly wet), about 3 minutes for convection or 2 to 3 minutes for a conventional oven. Let cookies cool on baking sheets.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

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