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Chocolate Sparkle Cookies - Thomas Haas - have you baked these?

These have been in my "to-try" folder for some time now. I've noticed two variations on the recipe--one with honey, one without.

Descriptions of a "baked chocolate truffle" and "lava inside" are very tempting. If you've made them and are a chocolate cookie lover, did they rock your world? Or is there a chocolate cookie you like even better? Tell me, tell me.

Here are the recipes I found:

NO HONEY
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

WITH HONEY
http://www.8chocolate.com/2009/02/05/...

Or, at the suggestion of one of the recipe reviewers who prefers this recipe above the sparkle cookies, "those" chocolate cookies:
http://www.food.com/recipe/those-choc...

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  1. These chocolate snowflake cookies are really popular around my house:

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

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    1. re: chowser

      Thanks, chowser. I love chocolate crinkles (a.k.a. snowflake cookies), too.

      BUT man, oh man, all the bakers on here and NO ONE has tried the sparkle cookies? REALLY? I guess I'll hafta be the first. Would still love to hear if anyone tried either of the recipes I posted.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        They look great. If you make them, let us know how they are.

    2. They have become one of my favourite Christmas cookies...very forgiving recipe- one year I did something differently and ended up with flat chewy cookies that were simply delicious.

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      1. re: pgj98m3

        Kattyeyes, thank you for this suggestion! I had never heard of these cookies prior to your post - how come no one told me??? These are fabulous! I made the version with honey this weekend, rolling them in turbinado sugar to up the sparkle. The best!

        1. re: janeh

          I'm so glad to hear your report, janeh--thank you! I have purple sanding sugar that should make mine sparkle like jewels when I finally make them. :) Did you bake the whole batch all at once? From what I read about how incredible they are right out of the oven, they seemed like a great cookie to make the dough and stash in the fridge or freezer for a freshly-baked treat each time.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Hiya. I baked them all at once and had the guilty pleasure of trying them warm from the oven, at room temp at the party I took them to and again at home in the evening. I think that my husband finished them for breakfast. I can authoritatively say that they're great at any temperature.... though I haven't baked and frozen any yet! I think that with the next batch I'll freeze some unbaked, just for the pleasure of being able to pop them in the oven and serve them any time. The purple sugar sounds like a great idea!
            Have a lovely holiday.

            - Jane

            1. re: janeh

              EXCELLENT--you as well! BTW, I can totally appreciate your husband's perspective on breakfast when there are homemade treats around! Cheers to you both! :)

      2. I just found your post from last year. I have been baking these as part of my annual cookie boxes for the past several years. They are a favorite I flash freeze the little balls then store them in a plastic freezer tub (filled with sugar to keep them from sticking together, you may not need to do this, but it works for me.) They back beautifully right from the freezer so I can always quickly bake a batch. They hold up very well for several days, becasue they are so moist on the inside. My son calls them his little bites of heaven.

        1. Ok Katty, so I finally got around to baking these, and had a why did I wait so long to do this moment, they were outstanding! I made and froze the dough about 2 months ago, so I know they store well frozen. I brought some to work and love to watch the eyes of co workers when they take a bite...this is on my bake again list! They are a bit delicate, so don't know how well they would package for Christmas gifts, etc..., just have to handle them a little more gingerly then some cookies. Thanks for pointing me to this recipe!

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          1. re: geminigirl

            :D How nice--and you beat me to it! Which recipe did you use?

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Used the one without honey. They will be good this summer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!