Chocolate Chip Filled Melting Moments

June 9, 2008 · 41 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Cookbook Reviews, Cookies, Desserts, Reviews

Melting Moments

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If I had my way, every cookbook published would have to include an image of each recipe housed between its covers. Now, if I were an omniscient being, something similar perhaps to the bizarre alien main character in Stephanie Meyer’s new novel The Host, I would totally conduct a study of people surrounding me whether or not they try recipes in cookbooks when they don’t have a corresponding image. I know from my own personal experience that I’m much less likely to make something, especially if it’s a recipe for a dish I’m unfamiliar with if there isn’t a gorgeous picture adjacent to the instructions. I don’t care if Charles Dickens himself writes a resounding review of the world’s most decadent dessert, if there isn’t an illustration your chances of ever being brought to my table are lowered exponentially.

Thankfully Elinor Klivans, the author of The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook, or perhaps her production team, had the good sense to include a heavenly reproduction of the Chocolate Chip Filled Melting Moment cookies. I couldn’t possibly resist the airy qualities of these treats. Even full of sugar and butter they retain a light and delicate texture that screams Victorian tea party. So invite over Mrs. Havisham, Pip, and company and dig in. These cookies go quickly. Note: I actually doubled the filling in the below recipe. I’m a bit of a glutton when it comes to cookie filling. You can follow my example or not, but I’m definitely of the “more is best” camp when it comes to buttery icings.

Pre-Baked Moment

Chocolate Chip Filled Melting Moments
Adapted from Elinor Klivans’s The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook published by Chronicle Books

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Position a rack in the middle of he oven. Preheat the oven to 300º F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Make the cookies. Sift both flours, the cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and lightened slightly in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the owl as needed during mixing. Add the vanilla and mix until blended. On low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing just until it is incorporated and a smooth dough forms.

For each cookie, roll a level tablespoon of dough between the palms of your hands into a smooth ball. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Use a fork to gently flatten the cookies to 1 1/4 inch disks, leaving an impression of the fork tines. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and the cookie bottoms are lightly browned, about 30 minutes; the tops of the cookies should not color. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the filling. In a medium bowl, use a wooden spoon to stir the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Turn half of the cooled cookies bottom side up, and use a thin metal spatula to spread a rounded teaspoon of filling evenly over each one. Place the remaining cookies right side up on the filing, and press gently.

The cookies can be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah June 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

Holy cow those look good! I am having a Tupperware party next week and these look like they are going to find a place on the menu!


2 kristen June 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

ohmigod, i would LOVE to have one of these with tea. or two. or three. or eighteen.


3 michelle @ TNS June 9, 2008 at 11:28 am

screw the filling, i want the cookies. i want to fill a big bowl with them, pour milk over, and eat them like cereal.

i would do it, too.


4 Hänni June 9, 2008 at 11:38 am

Those look divine–they remind me my beloved Americas Restaurant cookies. America’s cookies (served alongside a frothy cup of cappuccino)are light little tea cookies like yours, but the filling is dulce de leche. what i wouldn’t give for one right now!


5 farida June 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm

These look fabulous! What a great recipe to share with us! I don’t have that book and I would never know about this wonderful delight. Thank you! I am bookmarking it!


6 Cze-Johnson Carrie June 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm

first of all.. I’m with you on the pictures thing. I typically only go for the recipes with pictures. I even passed on a GIADA cookbook (and I LOVE her!) cause there were too many pictures of HER, and not enough of the food.

even when I want to make something specific, I lean towards the recipe that has the picture attached.

this theory does NOT apply to ordering food at mexican or chinese restaurants, however. somehow… when I see pictures of the food on their menus, it tends to sway my vote towards something I CAN’T see.

but.. but but but… did I mention how delicious these cookies look? sweet sugar rush on high… I may just stalk you afterall.

ps.. did you toss any of these bad boys in the ice cream maker??? I’m getting fat and happy just THINKING about it.


7 Erin June 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Sarah – Is there any pink Tupperware for sale? I would love to have all pink Tupperware 🙂

Kristen – If the world ever stops cooking us alive that could certainly be arranged.

Michelle – Melting Moments cereal — I think you’re on to something there.

Hänni – We’ll have to add that restaurant to our growing “to do” list for when I come to Houston.

Farida – They’re very good. I think your daughter would enjoy making them too.

Carrie – Hmm…melting moments crumbled up in vanilla ice cream. Now that’s an idea I can get on board with.


8 EB June 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm

So … would quadrupling the filling be a bit much? Or no?


9 NIKI June 9, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Those look really good Erin! 🙂


10 leslie June 9, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Oh wow! Those look soooooo yummy!!!!!


11 Carol Rode June 9, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Hi there, Erin! How lovely it is to have stumbled on your blog! These melting moments are GORGEOUS!
I’m with you when it comes to buying Cookbooks – I walked away from Dorie Greenspan’s ‘Paris Sweets’ and a few other great authors’ works for the same reason. I mean, what were they thinking??


12 cakebrain June 9, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I would agree I’m into food porn. If it’s got a ravishing pic for each recipe, I’m more apt to purchase a book. That being said, some of my favourite cookbooks don’t have pictures (like The Cake Bible by Beranbaum). I love reading food blogs because they tend to have inspirational photos of food. Your cookies look delectable! Great pics!


13 LisaRene June 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm

These are just too decadent! Very, very appealing!


14 sharon June 10, 2008 at 12:22 am

Erin, your cookies are unbelievably perfect! I’m not sure I’ve ever made cookies with cornstarch in them, but if they come out looking that lovely, I’m in!


15 My Sweet & Saucy June 10, 2008 at 1:15 am

Too cute! These look great!


16 wummy June 10, 2008 at 7:54 am

Oh my!! Here goes my diet!! the cookies look incredible. maybe I will make and then bring to work to share


17 Antiques June 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm

thats sounds delicious!! the filling sounds heavy tho!


18 cookinpanda June 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Wow. These sound and look sooo good. I love the idea of a chocolate chip filling. Definitely a nice twist on the traditional cookie.


19 Michele June 10, 2008 at 7:09 pm

The cookies look divine darling! They would be great by themselves, with a jam filling even, and definitely with your chocolate filling. I have some chocoholic friends who will be enjoying a batch of these very soon. Thanks for your great blog and lovely photos too!


20 Julie O'Hara June 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I love Stephanie Meyer!! The Host just arrived from amazon, but I haven’t started it yet. I’m sort of saving it for when I really need an awesome book. The cookies look meltingly delicious…I’m going to enter the contest.


21 Foodaholic June 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Very creative. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


22 Better Recipes June 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

These cookies look amazing!! They would go great with a cappuccino or a nice, tall glass of cold milk. I can’t wait to try this recipe. As a matter of fact, I’m so making them tonight!


23 Stacey June 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Just finished making two batches of these for a get-together my wife is going to tomorrow. The cookies look and smell fantastic! It may be on account of the high humidity right now, but I had to add an extra 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients to make the dough form. These are top notch, and remind me of my mother’s Russian Tea Cakes she used to make for Christmas. Thanks for the post!


24 dogmom June 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm

OMG…These are just about the most fabulous sounding cookies I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. Adding them to ice cream or pouring milk over them like cerial sounds wonderful as well. I only thought I was going to loose weight, thanks Erin for another scrumpteous dish.


25 Cathie June 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

YUM!!! These are fabulous. The best of all worlds.
And I agree with you. I require a picture of everydish in a a recipe book. I have only made a couple of recipes without a picture – mainly from Nigella Lawson. I just really want to know what it’s supposed to look like when it’s finished!


26 bobby June 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Nice photo! I just ate, I need dessert. Can I have one? These look great.


27 GirlCanBake June 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm

These look absolutely amazing!!!! I’m so in love. The filling almost looks like raw cookie dough , which we all know, it totally YUM!


28 Stefan June 22, 2008 at 4:50 am

This looks ridiculously good. I’ll have to give it a go!


29 JacqueOH June 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Seriously, those look so perfect! I want one right NOW 🙂

Great job!


30 Alice H June 26, 2008 at 11:39 am

I don’t think I’d try making these without a picture. Generally, anything that doesn’t just involve ‘throw it in a pot and boil it’ is too complicated for me to make without visual aids.


31 Cathy C July 6, 2008 at 8:08 pm

These look so amazing – I am not sure I would have the self control to stop at just one or two or three… 🙂



32 curlywurlygurly July 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm

my husband was looking over my shoulder at the picture of the cookies and was like, “yum…what are those and when are YOU making them?” hee hee.

i ‘stumbled’ upon your blog…bring on more recipes!


33 Jade August 11, 2008 at 10:25 pm

I made these tonight for my book club and they were delicious. The cookie is very simple which balances the creamy sweet filling. I doubled the filling like you recommended. It turned out about 12 cookie sandwiches (maybe i made the cookies a bit too large?). For the effort, I think next time I will double the cookie recipe and quadruple the filling recipe to make 24 because they go fast!!


34 Shaunelle October 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

These cookies are my favorites!!! I have never made them with the filling so I excited to try it out. Really, just looking at the picture is making my mouth water! So good. Thanks for the filling recipe!


35 Mara November 27, 2008 at 10:01 am

oh dear… those look amazing!


36 choccycake July 4, 2009 at 9:17 am

These are really good, they just melt in your mouth – delicous!


37 Glucose Meter Reviews December 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

Oh wow! That looks absolutely delicious, I love how you took an old favorite and added your own twist. You also did an amazing job with the pictures, I will definitely try this recipe over the weekend.


38 teresa June 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

hi erin,
just love the look of this cookie. i’ve just recently started baking and am so dieing to bake these.
but the only problem is that i’m confined to a microwave oven at the moment, it would be great if you have a microwave option of this recipe. i’d be really thankful.


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