Chocolate Nutella Alfajores Cookie Sandwiches

Chocolate Nutella Alfajores Cookie Sandwiches

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These light, chocolate, crisp, tender cookies are just the match for the rich chocolate hazelnut filling. Sprinkling toasted, chopped nuts around the edges brings out the lovely hazelnut flavor and aroma even more. Make these for your sweetie this Valentine's Day or in any other shape any time of year!

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Time needed

1 1/2 hour preparation + 1 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C. cornstarch
  • 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 7 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 C. sugar
  • 1 lg. egg, room temperature
  • 1 lg. egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 C. Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C. hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped

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Directions

Sift together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. Using a handheld electric or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add whole egg and yolk and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla and brandy and mix well. Finally add the flour mixture and mix by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula until you get a soft dough. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Divide dough into 3 equal parts and work on one at a time while keeping the rest covered. On a floured work surface, roll out dough to desired thickness, between 1/16 and 1/8-inch. Cut into rounds (traditional shape) or whatever shape you choose. Save scraps to re-roll (only once) and use at the end. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, depending on size of cutter. Cookies should be just cooked but not browned. Repeat rolling, cutting, and baking cookies until all the dough is used up. Let all cookies cool completely. Transfer chopped hazelnuts into a medium bowl; set aside. Once cookies have cooled, spread a spoonful of Nutella on one cookie and top it with another of similar shape and size. Press together gently, then roll edges of cookie sandwich in chopped hazelnuts. Repeat with remaining cookies.

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