Best way to make Chocolate Sparklers at home

Pierre Hermé has a wonderful cookbook that focuses only on chocolate desserts. These cookies Hermé are called sparklers for their sugary edges. This is a delicate cookie dough that is refrigerated, rolled, then cut into 1/2 rounds. The flavor is rich and delicious, making these cookies a great addition to a sweet table.

Chocolate Sparklers
Indulge in the chocolatey goodness of homemade sparklers.

Chocolate Sparklers Recipes

Best Way To Make Chocolate Sparklers At Home 1

Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate Sparklers

If you want to make Chocolate Sparklers, you've come to the right place. You can find the recipe below and all the information you need to make them. Read on to find out the nutrition facts and serving size of each recipe. And if you're curious about the ingredients, read on to see what you need. After all, there's nothing more satisfying than eating a chocolate dessert. And the best part is that it's easy to make!
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Course: Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: French
Diet: Low Calorie
Keyword: chocolate, sparklers
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Gobble The Cook and James Anderson
Cost: 15
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt together and keep close at hand.
  • Place the butter in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed to soften.
  • Gradually add the sugar and vanilla, and beat, scraping sides down, until smooth and creamy but not airy.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball, wrap each in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Working on a smooth surface, form each piece of dough into a log that is 1 1/2 inches thick and 7 1/2 inches long. Use your hand to press down the dough as you form the log to make sure it is solid. Roll gently to smooth it out.
  • Wrap the logs in plastic and chill for 1-2 hours. (The dough can be stored at this point for up to 1 month.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk. Spread the sugar on a pice of waxed paper.
  • Brush the logs very lightly with egg yolk, and roll in the sugar.
  • Using a sharp slender knife, slice each log into cookies 1/2 inch thick.
  • Arrange cookies on a baking sheet about an inch apart and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to a rack to cool to room temperature

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Notes

Make your own chocolate sparklers by combining different types of chocolate and various colors.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 5mg

Alternative Method: Chocolate Sparklers in the Microwave

Chocolate Sparklers
Chocolate sparklers: the perfect treat for any sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal (for added crunch)

Instructions:

  • Prepare the Microwave-Safe Bowl: Choose a microwave-safe bowl that’s large enough to accommodate the ingredients without overflowing. Ensure it’s clean and dry.
  • Melt the Chocolate and Butter: Place the finely chopped dark chocolate and unsalted butter in the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. This should take about 2-3 intervals.
  • Add Condensed Milk and Vanilla: Stir in the condensed milk and vanilla extract into the melted chocolate mixture. Mix until well combined. The condensed milk will add sweetness and creaminess to the mixture.
  • Fold in Rice Cereal: Gently fold in the rice cereal to the chocolate mixture. This will give your Sparklers that delightful crispy texture.
  • Shape and Cool: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper, shaping them into small rounds or bite-sized clusters. Leave some space between each Sparkler.
  • Chill and Set: Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes, or until the Sparklers have hardened. This quick cooling process helps them hold their shape.
  • Enjoy: Once the Sparklers have set, they’re ready to be devoured. Grab one (or a few) and savor the chocolatey goodness!

Tips for making Chocolate Sparklers

Chocolate Sparklers
Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside – that’s sparkler perfection.

Cooking Tips

  • Quality Chocolate Matters: Begin with high-quality chocolate. It’s the star of the show, so choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for an intense flavor experience.
  • Mind the Microwave: If you opt for the microwave method, exercise caution. Use short bursts and stir frequently to prevent the chocolate from overheating and becoming grainy.
  • Keep It Dry: Ensure all your equipment, including bowls and utensils, are completely dry. Even a tiny drop of water can cause chocolate to seize and lose its silky texture.
  • Experiment with Add-Ins: Don’t hesitate to get creative with add-ins like chopped nuts, dried fruits, or a pinch of sea salt. These can introduce exciting textures and flavors to your Sparklers.
  • Use a Silicone Mat: When shaping your Sparklers, consider using a silicone baking mat. It prevents sticking and makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Cool for the Perfect Crunch: Allow your Sparklers enough time to cool and set properly. This ensures they achieve that ideal crispy texture that contrasts beautifully with the chocolate.
  • Storage Savvy: Store your finished Sparklers in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing them in the refrigerator can cause condensation, which affects their texture.
  • Gift-Worthy Treats: Package your Sparklers in a decorative box or tin for a delightful homemade gift. They’re perfect for special occasions or as a gesture of appreciation.

Serving Suggestions

Sparkler
Get creative with toppings and drizzles for your sparklers.
  • A Scoop of Ice Cream: Elevate your Sparklers by serving them alongside a scoop of your favorite ice cream. The contrast between warm, gooey Sparklers and cold, creamy ice cream is pure indulgence.
  • Afternoon Tea Delight: Pair your Sparklers with a steaming cup of tea for an afternoon treat. Their crispy exterior and rich chocolatey interior make them a delightful tea-time companion.
  • Dessert Platter: Arrange your Sparklers on a dessert platter alongside other bite-sized treats like mini cheesecakes or fruit tarts. It’s a perfect addition to any dessert spread.
  • Party Pleaser: Serve Sparklers at gatherings and parties as a sweet finger food. Guests can grab one (or more) as they mingle, making them a crowd-pleaser.
  • Edible Gifts: Package your Sparklers in a decorative box or tin and share them as thoughtful edible gifts for friends and family. They’re sure to be appreciated.
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FAQs of Chocolate Sparklers

Chocolate Sparklers
Crafted with love, enjoyed with joy – chocolate sparklers.
  • Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate for Sparklers? Absolutely! While dark chocolate is traditional, you can use milk chocolate for a sweeter variation. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
  • How long do Sparklers stay fresh, and how should I store them? Store Sparklers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Avoid refrigeration, as it can affect their texture.
  • Can I freeze Chocolate Sparklers for later?Freezing is not recommended, as it can cause the chocolate to become brittle and lose its delightful texture.
  • Can I add different toppings or drizzles to Sparklers? Absolutely! Get creative with toppings like crushed nuts, colorful sprinkles, or a drizzle of white chocolate for added flair.
  • What’s the best way to package Sparklers for gifting? Place Sparklers in decorative boxes or tins lined with parchment paper. Add a ribbon or personalized label for a thoughtful touch.

Discover the joy of homemade Chocolate Sparklers with our step-by-step guide. Indulge in crispy, gooey goodness. Share the recipe and subscribe for more delightful creations.

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Hi! I’m Paula from the Philippines, the passionate blogger and skilled photographer behind Gobble the Cook. I also spearhead the media photography for Food And Meal in Vietnam.

I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.

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