January 5 2020
Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to a new year and a new decade!
I love chocolate babka! But I have a confession to make...I just can't make one that isn't as heavy and dense as a hockey puck! I intend to master it and figure it out, but in the meantime, lovely cousin Ellen sent me this recipe for Babka Cookies! I was most intrigued and gave it a whirl!
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the wonderful taste of babka was replicated here! The sweetness of the bread, the lovely chocolate-cinnamon filling and the crunch of the topping all come together in these delightful cookies!
This recipe, while taking a few steps, isn't difficult to make (definitely easier than an actual babka!) and tastes so good! A cuppa Joe or hot chocolate is the perfect accompaniment!
Makes 18 cookies
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
3/4 cups (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp heavy cream
Pinch kosher salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs or chocolate cookie crumbs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Place the butter in a saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Cook until melted through and the butter has turned golden and is just beginning to brown. Transfer to a bowl, along with all the browned bottom bits and place in the fridge until somewhat firm, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, combine the sugar, cream, salt, cinnamon, chocolate, butter, and vanilla in a double boiler. Set over moderate heat and cook, stirring often, until melted through and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the crumbs; set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
To make the cookies, in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the chilled browned butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla and stir until well-combined. Stir in the dry ingredients. Dollop in the cooled chocolate filling and slightly swirl it into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and stir until crumbly. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a small cookie scooper (I use this one-tablespoon scooper), scoop out six cookies on each prepared baking sheet. Flatten them out slightly with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle a bit of the topping on each, and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. Enjoy!
Recipe from The Candid Appetite