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Many years ago, when I was first dating my husband, I was teaching English in Moscow, Russia (not Idaho). One evening I went to his parents’ apartment for dinner, and his sister served dessert. She called it “chocolate sausage” and that’s exactly what it looked like: cured salami. The taste, however, was rich, chocolatey and complex. The texture was also wonderful — creamy, crunchy and nutty.
Now, I make this confection any time I need something quick, easy and tasty. It’s a great addition to potlucks and dinner parties. It only takes a few minutes to make (though be sure to allow time for it to cool!), and it stores very well in the freezer. You can keep it for weeks, just in case.
Place the cookies in a sturdy plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin into chunks — not crumbs. Put them in a mixing bowl along with the nuts.
In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter together until they are completely combined. Fold in the cocoa. Dribble in the condensed milk until it’s completely integrated. Do not allow the mixture to boil! As soon as it is smooth, pour it over the cookies and nuts.
Stir the dough completely. Divide it into thirds. Take each third and spoon it onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Roll it into as perfect a sausage shape as possible. Put the sausages in the refrigerator for half an hour to an hour, until they firm up a bit but are still partially soft. Use this opportunity to roll them again until they assume a perfectly smooth sausage shape. Take special care in rolling the sausage — a sloppy shape detracts from the appearance.
Place your perfect sausage rolls in the freezer for at least four hours.
When you are ready to serve, take out a sausage and roll it in powdered sugar. Slice and enjoy!
This chocolate sausage tastes like a fine truffle, looks whimsical, and takes only minutes to make. What’s not to love?