nutella sandwich cookies

so, to some italian children, nutella is their equivalent of american children’s peanut butter. it’s rich and creamy with a chocolatey/hazelnut taste that is indescribable. and did i mention delicious? nutella, slathered on some bread is the best treat in the world. but why stop there? chocolate sandwich cookies with a creamy nutella filling are simply heavenly. i bet you can’t just eat one!

chocolate nutella sandwich cookies
10 ozs. bittersweet chocolate, chopped (for this recipe, i use the good stuff – scharffen berger
2 ozs unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup baker’s sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
enough Nutella to spread between cookies (with a bit to spare for spreading on a slice of bread while you wait for the cookies to set!)

1. over a double boiler on your stovetop, over low heat, melt chocolates and butter, stirring occasionally. remove from heat and let cool slightly.
2. whisk in eggs and sugar until well combined.
3. whisk in flour, baking powder and salt, just until combined.
4. gently stir in chopped hazelnuts, just until incorporated.
5. cover dough and refrigerate for approximately 2.5 hours until firm and well chilled.
6. remove dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for approximately 15 minutes.
7. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
8. line baking sheet with parchment paper. using your #30 scoop (approximately 1 heaping tablespoon), scoop dough, roll between your hands into a ball and place onto baking sheet 1″ apart. flatten slightly with your palm, or the bottom of a flat glass.
9. bake for about 8 minutes. the dough will be set, and no longer look wet.
10. remove from oven and let cool completely on baking sheet.
11. after the cookies are completely cooled, remove from baking sheet and pair with similar sized/shaped cookie.
12. spread the flat side of one cookie with 1 tablespoon nutella and sandwich with another cookie.
yield: approximately 20 sandwich cookies

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