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Chocolate Panna Cotta and Florentine Cookies

Sunday Feb 27, 2011

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

I decided to make the chocolate Panna Cotta. My husband loves Dove dark chocolate and I always try to incorporate dove chocolate into my recipes for him!

Chocolate Panna Cotta

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

1 cup  whole milk
1 tablespoon  unflavored powdered gelatin
2 cups  whipping cream
½ cup sugar
¾ cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Pour milk into a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the top, set aside for 2-5 minutes.

Place a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir in cream, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a low boil.

Add chocolate and whisk until melted. Whisk the milk/gelatin mixture into chocolate cream mixture. Whisk until gelatin has dissolved.

Transfer to ramekins, or nice glasses for serving.

Cover and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Nestle Florentine Cookies

Recipe from the cookbook “Nestle Classic Recipes”, and their website.

2/3 cup  unsalted butter
2 cups  quick oats
1 cup  granulated sugar
2/3 cup  plain (all purpose) flour
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup  whole milk
1 tsp  vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1½ cups dark or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to moderately hot 375°F. Prepare your baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. I used my stoneware from Pampered Chef this way I didn’t need a silpat or parchment paper.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan, then remove from the heat.  Add the oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla and salt.  Mix well.

Drop a tablespoon full onto your prepared baking sheet.  Flatten slightly with the back of the spoon.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.

Melt the chocolate, when cookies are cooled transfer them to a wire rack over a sheet of wax/parchment paper. Spread a tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom of the cookie.  Sandwiching another cookie on top of the chocolate.  Or you can drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the cookie.

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