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Button Cookies

Patricia Reitz

Button Cookies

Button Cookies

Ok, how adorable are these button cookies?  Everybody loves chocolate sandwich cookies filled with creamy chocolate ganache.  They're good any time, but I think they're especially nice served with afternoon tea.  Let me show you how to make them.

For this project you'll need a few simple tools.  A straw, wax paper, a set of scalloped cookie cutters, and a rolling pin.  This one that I used includes a couple different thickness guides.

For this project you'll need a few simple tools.  A straw, wax paper, a set of scalloped cookie cutters, and a rolling pin.  This one that I used includes a couple different thickness guides.

If you don't have a pin with rolling guides, use a regular rolling pin and two wooden skewers.

If you don't have a pin with rolling guides, use a regular rolling pin and two wooden skewers.

Cut cookie shapes using scalloped cutter.  Keep the bottom half of each sandwich cookie plain like this.  

Cut cookie shapes using scalloped cutter.  Keep the bottom half of each sandwich cookie plain like this.  

For the top half of each cookie, use something small and round to make an indentation like you see here.  Then use a straw to make two button holes.  Bake and cool the cookies before filling with ganache.

For the top half of each cookie, use something small and round to make an indentation like you see here.  Then use a straw to make two button holes.  Bake and cool the cookies before filling with ganache.

Use a piping bag or zip-top bag with a corner snipped off to fill the cookies.  Turn one of the plain bottom cookies over so the bottom faces up and swirl on a good amount of ganache.  Then cover with one of the decorative button cookies.  Allow the ganache to set before serving (a couple of hours or overnight).  

Use a piping bag or zip-top bag with a corner snipped off to fill the cookies.  Turn one of the plain bottom cookies over so the bottom faces up and swirl on a good amount of ganache.  Then cover with one of the decorative button cookies.  Allow the ganache to set before serving (a couple of hours or overnight).  

Ganache-Filled Button COOKIES

makes approximately 30 cookies

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

For the ganache filling:

For the cookies:

Directions

To make the Ganache:

  1. Gently heat cream and chocolate together; stirring until completely smooth and combined. 
  2. Cover and chill for 30 minutes (or make the ganache several hours in advance and let it sit at room temperature until it reaches the proper spreading consistency).

To make the cookie dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a BeaterBlade attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed for 30 seconds. 
  2. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. 
  3. Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine. 
  4. Add flour and cocoa powder; mix until incorporated. 
  5. Wrap dough well with plastic wrap and chill for 1-3 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  7. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness between two layers of wax paper (these rolling guides work really well).  
  8. Cut out desired shapes (I used these cutters). 
  9. Place cookies 2-inches apart on a silicone or parchment lined half sheet pan; bake for 8 minutes or until edges are set (tiny cutouts bake for 5-6 minutes). 
  10. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

To assemble cookies:

  1. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the ganache in the center bottom of each cookie and make a sandwich by adding a decorative top cookie. 
  2. To store, place unfilled cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper, at room temperature for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.  Thaw and assemble just before service. 

My notes:  To prevent distortion, I cut my cookie shapes while the dough is still on the waxed paper, then slide the waxed paper onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least 10 minutes before transferring the shapes to a sheet pan for baking.