#4 Valrhona Jivara Gingerbread Hugs

MILK CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD HUGS

These cookies are adorable and crazy tasty!  Enjoy it with a steaming cup of coffee for a slice of heaven.

A…

  • ¼ c + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, warm
  • ¼ c +2 tbsp yellow sugar

B…

  • 1 ½ c plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground toasted cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt

C…

  • ¼ c molasses
  • 1 room-temperature egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste

D…

  • 2 c milk chocolate, melted
  • 1 c 35% cream, scalded
  • ½ c unsalted butter, warm
  1. In a mixer equipped with a paddle, mix together ingredients A (medium speed)
  2. Separately, pass ingredients B through a drum sieve onto parchment
  3. Pour the contents of the parchment into the mixer
  4. Mix until a small crumb consistency (medium speed)
  5. While mixing, slowly add ingredients C
  6. Knead the dough into a single cohesive mass
  7. Chill the dough (1 hour)
  8. Portion equivalents of a level truffle scoop and roll each into a smooth ball
  9. Toss them in plain sugar and indent each with a teaspoon
  10.  Bake at 350 °F on a lined bun-pan until just barely golden brown
  11.  Cool cookies (1 hour)
  12.  Separately, combine ingredients D in a bowl and stir together until smooth
  13.  Serve with a tablespoon of Jivara ganache between every two

Yields: 1 dozen servings