Ganache Stuffed Cookies

I was inspired by Whole Foods the other night when I had a horrible hankering for chocolate. Not just any chocolate, it had to be rich goodness or I was going to hurt someone. The woman at the bakery saw it in my eyes, and gave me just the right fix... Ganache, stuffed, in the middle of two chocolate chip cookies! Bam! I'm cured! I used one of my go-to cookie recipes but you could really just whip up a batch of ganache and stuff it in the middle of any cookie really.

Ganache Stuffed Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened (not melted)
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (6oz) pkg (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375. In large bowl, combine brown and white sugars and butter and shortening. Cream together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, blend well.
Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheets onto cooling racks.

Chocolate Ganache

1 (12oz) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tblsp butter

Put all ingredients in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Microwave together in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between each. It should only take 1 to 1 1/2 minutes total. Mix until smooth.
For cookies, let ganache cool in fridge for about 30 minutes until it firms up. Then using a teaspoon, scoop out a teaspoon full and put on the bottom of one cookie and sandwich it with another. Viola! Instant mood booster!
If you want to use to ice a cake or cupcakes, let the ganache cool for about 10-20 minutes and drizzle onto your treat.
If you would like it to be frosting, let it cool completely, then beat it for a few minutes with an electric mixer until it becomes lighter in color and fluffy.