Monday, December 22, 2008


Baked and dressed up with ganache. Pretty, tasty little cookies.

I have a friend who has talked about these amazing cookies that her sister makes. I asked for the recipe some years ago but never got it. My friend "M" leads a very chaotic life. No big deal. So many other cookies to make. Anyway, this year her sister lost her recipe. Being the foodie I am, my heart went out to her. It's terrible to have a favorite recipe then lose it. You go crazy looking for it. The cookies are called "Tu Tu's". Years ago I had done a search for them on the internet but came up with nothing. This year I decided to do a search to try again and to help my friends sister. I found these. Now, I don't know if these are the cookies that "M"'s sister makes but they are called Tu Tu's and they are awesome. I made them today. Yum.

Chocolate Tu Tu's
based on this recipe

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter
¾ cup white sugar
½ c packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
½ c cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ c espresso
4 c flour
1c ground walnuts

1. Cream butter and sugars.
2. Mix in the eggs and the vanilla and the coffee.
3. Combine 1 cup of the flour with the b. powder, b. soda, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa. Stir into the batter.
4. Add the rest of the flour slowly, stirring after each addition, until you have a dough that can be rolled. Soft but not too soft. I used four level cups of flour.
5. Make walnut-sized rounds with your hands and place on cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Do not overbake or they will dry out too much!
After they are cooled pour ganache over top.

In a bowl place 1 cup of semi sweet morsels and one cup of bittersweet chocolate, chopped. In a sauce pan heat about a cup of half and half and two tablespoons of butter. Bring to a boil. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Once the chocolate is melted, spoon onto cookies. Let set for quite a while before stacking.

Chef's hats for future foodies. Just finished them last night so I was a wee bit late posting them, but they are here now!


fresca said...

I'd sent you an e-mail because I couldn't find your "comments"--how literal of me to overlook the "your lips said" option.

Anyway, I'm so happy my Sicilian grandmother's cookies made someone else happy--and she would have been too. I'm glad they turned out so well--and your photo is terrific.
Thanks for sharing the goodness.
Happy Holidays!

fresca said...

P.S. I snagged the yummy-looking photo to put on my blog with credit and a link back to yours. Let me know if that's not OK, OK? Thanks!

Cristine said...

Great looking cookies!!!

Lori said...

fresca- that's fine. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the recipe. My family loved them!

Christine- thank you!

kat said...

Those cookies look great & those little pink chef's hats are so darling.

Bunny said...

This look so good, we love chocolate cookies around here! I LOVE those chef hats!

Jodi said...

These look delicious!

Grace said...

adorable hats, and great name for a delicious cookie! the ganache really makes them spectacular. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

They look and sound adorable! Tu tu cute!

Maria said...

Love the tu tu's and the hats are adorable!! you are too crafty!! Happy Holidays!

Robin Sue said...

Merry Christmas Lori! Have a wonderful Holiday!