Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
This is not only a delicious dessert but very impressive. Velvet Chocolate Mousse served in a almond cookie cup. You get to eat the whole thing. Mmmm so good! The compliments are worth the time and effort to put this special dessert together. I make it at Christmas.
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 egg whites
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3 egg yolks
- 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together all remaining cookie ingredients except 3 tablespoons almonds. Add to flour mixture, whisking until smooth.
- For each cookie, spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons batter onto baking sheet; spread evenly to 6-inch round, eliminating any holes. Make only 2 cookies per baking sheet, placing at least 1 inch apart. Sprinkle each cookie with 1/8 of the sliced almonds.
- Bake one sheet at a time 6 to 8 minutes or just until tops are dry and light brown, with golden-brown edges. Immediately place cookies in 6-oz. custard cups. Place second custard cup over cookies to form cup shape.
- OR, you can cover the back of muffin tins with the warm cookie to get the same effect. Remove from molds; set on cooling rack. Cool completely. Repeat using remaining batter.
- To make chocolate mousse, place chocolate in heatproof medium bowl. Bring 1 inch water to a boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Place bowl of chocolate over saucepan (bowl should not touch water). Let stand until melted. Stir. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
- In small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together 1/2 cup of the cream, corn syrup and egg yolks. Cook, whisking constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is thick, covers back of spoon and reaches 160ºF. on instant-read thermometer. (Be careful not to overcook.).
- Strain yolk mixture into chocolate. Immediately whisk briskly, making chocolate shiny and satin-smooth. Cool to 80ºF. to 85ºF. (Mixture should feel comfortable to the touch.).
- In large bowl, beat remaining 1 cup cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Fold cooled chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Cover; refrigerate up to 8 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.
- o serve, place tulip cups on individual dessert plates. Fill each with chocolate mousse; sprinkle with toasted almonds.
- TIP *To toast almonds, place on baking sheet; bake at 375ºF. for 6 minutes or until deep golden brown.