In “Board Games,” learn to level up your Sunday brunch, create a holiday board with all your favorite cookies, or style a cheese board for a night in. This Mother’s Day dessert board from Heather Templeton of Heather’s Home Bakery features a brownie cookie made with melted-down dark chocolate truffles.
Since I was a child, my favorite candy from Harry & David has been its truffles…and what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to share these sweet and dreamy treats that bring back such fond memories!
Truffles melt very easily, making them perfect in this decadent brownie cookie recipe that will be the focal point of your Mother’s Day dessert board. I used the truffles to make a dark chocolate reduction, which I then mixed into the cookie batter, making these cookies deep, rich, and impossible to resist.
Making the truffle brownie cookies
Reduce the truffles by melting and whisking them into a smooth, deliciously drip-worthy consistency. This is the only chocolate these cookies need, and the truffle flavor shines through brilliantly. Just make sure to check the chocolate often when using the microwave (or melt it slowly over low heat if using the stove) since chocolate can burn easily.
Besides the melted truffles, you only need seven other simple ingredients to create these little chocolate gems. The cookies come out perfectly soft and are wonderful either eaten plain or dipped in melted chocolate. You could even top them with fruit and ice cream and turn them into a base for a delightful sundae.
The Dessert Board
- Homemade truffle brownie cookies (recipe below)
- Raspberry and blackberry galettes
- Chocolate hazelnut wafer rolls
- Chocolate dipped almond biscotti
- Harry & David signature truffles (melt half of them for a dipping sauce)
- Hazelnut coffee spoons
- Lemon almonds
- Milk chocolate enrobed apricots
- Blueberries (or your favorite seasonal fruit)
Truffle Brownie Cookies
- ½ cup chocolate truffle reduction (8 Harry & David dark chocolate truffles melted)
- ⅔ cup salted butter (melted)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup melted chocolate chips for dipping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, melt eight dark chocolate truffles in the microwave on high for about 60 seconds, stirring at the 30-second mark and adding time until smooth and lump free.
- Mix the melted truffles with the melted butter and sugar.
- Mix in the egg and vanilla until fully incorporated.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt until just mixed.
- Scoop out 2 tablespoon-sized cookie dough balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Press each cookie down with the back of a measuring cup to about ¾-inch thick.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For dipping/drizzling option, melt chocolate chips on high in a microwave-safe bowl for 45-60 seconds or until fully melted. Be cautious, as the bowl can come out hot. Whisk until chocolate is free of lumps. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate, or drizzle the chocolate onto each cookie. Place on parchment paper to dry; chocolate will harden as cookie cools.
- Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to four days.