Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Intensely chocolate

Rich and Dark Fudge Tassies
from the Ugly Binder, from the back of a Hershey's Special Dark Kisses package

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa or Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa I used regular Hershey's Cocoa
½ teaspoon salt
Additional granulated sugar
Fudge Filling
60 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolates, unwrapped I used regular kisses
Fudge Filling:
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa or Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa I used regular Hershey's Cocoa
¼ cup sugar
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Beat butter, 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
2. Shape dough into 60 balls (about 1-inch each); roll in granulated sugar. I forgot to do that. Press each ball onto bottom and up sides of ungreased small muffin cup (1 ¾-inch in diameter). If balls start to become too soft to press and mold easily, refrigerate several minutes; then continue.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare Fudge Filling. Evenly fill muffin cups with mixture. .
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownie cup is firm and filling is puffed slightly. Place sheet of wax paper under cooling rack. Cook in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully remove each tassie from pan to cooling rack; sprinkle with powdered sugar. I didn't sprinkle. Place chocolate in center of each tassie. Cool completely.

Makes 60 tassies.

Fudge Filling: Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa and sugar. Add sweetened condensed milk, cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

I'm always on the lookout for things to make in my mini-muffin pans. This recipe caught my eye and I loved it but I think I'd actually skip the kisses if I made these again. I thought they were a bit overkill. These were quite intensely chocolate even without using the dark cocoa and dark chocolate kisses.

I had some trouble getting some of them out of the pan. Most of them came out so I wouldn't blame the recipe. I think I made my tassies too big.

I can't get back into my normal rhythm. My appetite has been weird since I was sick. Well, I'm still sick. My sore throat and cough came back for an encore. I'm on vacation and I'm never on vacation the last week of the year. Everything is 'off'. I can't wait for things to get back to normal.

Question of the Day: Do you own a mini-muffin pan? How many?


Annie Jones said...

I have one mini-muffin pan. It makes 24 muffins at a time. I rarely use it, though.

Jeanette said...

I have 4 mini muffin pans and use them all the time! You get to eat 2 or 3 of them! LOL

Anonymous said...

I have two mini muffin pans, and I use them maybe 2-3 times a year.

Janet said...

I own 8 mini-muffin pans (12 each). Is that too many? I make pecan tassies plus fruit filled tassies for the holidays and I easily use 6 at a time.

tamilyn said...

I own two and looking for new ones that have a little bit of a lip because I always stick the thumb of my oven mitt in at least one muffin. The same thing happens when I make my peanut butter cups-at least one will split when I take them out. I let them sit in the pan about 10 minutes to firm up, twist them in the well a couple times then lift out. It helps.

Chef Aimee said...

I just saw a recipe for lemon-lime petite cakes in Everyday Food yesterday and said that I need to go out and get a pan! :)

Unknown said...

I have one that makes 24-mini muffins...I used to have another, but just like my NICE fluted bundt pan, it mysteriously disappeared!

Rebel In Ontario said...

I have one that makes 12 mini's...I only use it if I have extra batter for muffins...but I like the idea of peanut butter cups!

Angi said...

Yum! These look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Made the fudge tassies and let them cool, but had problems getting them out of pans. Any ideas why and way of removing them without breaking them.