My mother in law got me the best Easter basket a Grand Marnier chocolate bar by Turin and a Barnes and Nobles gift card. Oooh! I am so excited! Grand Marnier is so good and has made some of my favorite alcoholic drinks taste divine! My favorite drink (and was my wedding drink) is Cosmo Royale and Cosmos done well are great. With the Barnes and Nobles gift card I got a variety of books including one about how to make pretty cookies (I make sturdy good tasting cookies but they are not pretty) and others related to art/photography/and sewing.
I used the Barnes and Nobles card and now I have been thinking what to do with that candy bar! And the easy way out would probably need to get a whole lot more candy bars and taste the candy bar to see what is going to go well with the chocolate. I actually was inspired not to use the candy bar. I just ate two squares and therefore I keep leaving less and less chocolate for the cookies. Perhaps I will do something like the Hershey Peanut Butter Blossoms (ie a cookie batter then you press in the chocolate) but orangey with the with future Grand Marnier chocolate bars by Turnin. But the below is my experiment that was inspired by the Grand Marnier chocolate bar by Turnin.
I found out in my experiment that Grand Marnier cannot exactly compete with dark chocolate's tones. When you mix Grand Marnier with dark chocolate it needed a little Orange Extract to kick it up. I realized that dark chocolate bars are expensive plus Grand Marnier and orange extract. While running errands my husband gave me about $7.00 to go into the store to get the heavy whipping cream. He though I would come back with $4.00 and in fact it cost $6.99 for a quart of Heavy Whipping Cream. So this is a very rich dessert and that is before sinking any teeth into the cookie. This is a great limited edition cookie and people seemed to love my cookies. It is fun and nice addition to the spring/summer mix. So this is not exactly a cost saving cookie but it is really worth the money and there will be no waste not, want not here!
How Grand Marnier! Cookies
4.5 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups (4 sticks) butter softened
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1.5 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
2 teaspoons Orange Extract
Chocolate Ganache with Orange Panache Recipe (below)
Chocolate Ganache With Orange Panache!
my variation of Chocolate Ganache's from page 82 of Whoopie Pies; Dozen of mix 'em, match 'em, Eat 'em up recipes by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwill.
24 oz chopped dark chocolate
1.5 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons of Orange extract
3 teaspoons of Grand Marnier
1.) In a large heatproof bowl place the chocolate.
2.) On medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan heat the cream just until it bubbles.
3.) Add the cream over the chocolate and let it stand for 10 minutes while it slowly melts the chocolate.
4.)Stir using a wooden spoon or spatula until smooth.
5.) Add in the Orange extract and the Grand Marnier when it is cooler.
6.) A.) Allow the mixture to rest at room temperature until firm enough to spread which is about 2 hours
B.) Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes until firm enough to spread.
7.) Put the Ganache to the side
8.) Sift together: flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium sized batter bowl. Put aside.
9.) Cut up room temperature butter into small pats of butter and place in the mixing bowl. Using the flat blade attachment in mixer cream the butter, Grand Marnier, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
12.) Add the sifted dry ingredient slowly folding it into the wet mixture. Run until the dough is mixed thoroughly.
(Tip: I got three Giant cookies out of this recipe plus 4 large sized cookies. I feel this recipe is better with the Giant cookies pan because the dough is very sticky! I added for this event red sprinkles for Memorial day. I baked the cookie for about 20 minutes at 350 degree Fahrenheit)