Nutella Filled Linzer Cookies

When I look at the recipes I had bookmarked to try this year, I wonder if I will ever be able to reach the end of my list. Actually, is there an end…will there ever be one! No…not for me! I feel I am just getting started. The holiday season is bringing plenty of excitement to my baking repertoire and my oven is doing a bit of over time already.

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Can you believe it, I have not posted a single Nutella recipe till now. So without wasting a moment, I made these Nutella Linzer Cookies. I love everything about these cookies..the nutty texture, the chocolale-y centre and the various shapes and sizes you can do with them. You can also fill them up with jam, the way it is done traditionally or any other filling like lemon curd, ganache etc.

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I have used ground hazelnuts in the mix to complement the Nutella filling. Any nut meal will work. These are put together pretty much like any other cookie. The only tricky part is to get the shapes out intact after rolling out the dough. To ease the process, I roll out the dough on a baking paper and then place my cookie cutter all over the dough to make the cookies. Then I remove the balance dough from around the cookies and place the baking paper on a baking tray to bake. I do this twice. Once for the bottom cookie and a second batch for the tops with the centres cut out.

IMG_6878 (1) This post is also my contribution to my favourite Chocolate Party with the theme for December being Chocolate Cookies. Do check out the other creations at the end of the post.

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Nutella Filled Linzer Cookies
Makes 20 sandwiched cookies

1 cup hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla
 extract
2 egg yolks

1/2 cup Nutella, for the filling
Icing Sugar, to dust

In a bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon and salt.

In the bowl of  your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Beat in the  vanilla extract and egg yolks. Finally, beat in the ground hazelnuts and then the  flour mixture. Divide the dough in half, cover each half with plastic wrap,  and refrigerate until firm (30-60 minutes, or up to two days).

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two baking sheets with parchment  paper.

Remove one ball of  dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough  until it is about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) thick. Using a 3 inch (7.5 cm) cookie cutter  (round, square, heart, etc.) cut out the cookies. Place the cookies about 1  inch (2.5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheet. Use a smaller cookie  cutter to cut out the centers of half of the cookies on the baking  sheet. Re roll any scraps and cut out the remaining cookies. Repeat  with the second ball of dough. (Note: If you find the  cookies are soft, place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the  refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill the dough. This will prevent the  cookies from spreading and losing their shape when baked.) Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to  cool.

Place the cut out cookies  on a baking sheet and lightly dust the tops with  icing sugar. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on the bottom surface  of the full cookie. Place the cut-out cookie on top and gently sandwich them together.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Stunning as usual. You just have it to chunk out beautiful sweets/desserts. I am loving it all the way.

    Btw, my domain when missing due to the technical failures on Google apps. Been seating up till 5 in the morning to sort it out with Google. Hopefully, as they have assured, it will be up tomorrow.

    • Sugar et al says

      So glad to hear the good news. Can’t wait to see those gorgeous curries again. Thank you for the lovely words Nava.

  2. says

    Hi Sonali – ’tis the season for sure! I love your linzer cookies! They look beautiful and you know I love the addition of Nutella instead of jam/ “Traditional” linzer cookies are one of those I’ve wanted to make but have still yet to…but sometimes I’m not sure if maybe I have done it since so many cookies go under different names but are essentially the same. I made a hazelnut sandwich cookie recipe from Ina Garten that is similar to this and it was delicious. I wish I could go to a cookie swap with you!! Happy Holidays and enjoy all your beautiful & delicious baking!

    • Sugar et al says

      True Monica! Most cookie recipes can be traced back to a few ‘Father’ recipes and are just different variations to the primary one. I’d LOVE to cookie swap with you. Yay for Nutella!

  3. says

    I do love the traditional linzers but this a wonderful twist! I like it! Yours came out so perfectly, so pretty. A few years ago, I made shortbread ones in heart shapes for Valentines day for Laith to take to school, they were so cute :)
    The possibilities with linzer cookies are endless, deliciously endless! Can’t wait to see your list of baking to dos!

    • Sugar et al says

      I love the traditional Linzers and they are on my list too…with a twist (again). I can imagine how much Laith and his friends would have loved them…how cute!

  4. says

    this is just the perfect treat to celebrate the season….loved the addition of hazelnut meal in these nutty cookies…it provides a lot of flavor….and the nutella inside….glorious food,thanks so much for sharing :-)

  5. says

    I tried these and they were much too sweet, even with less sugar than specified, without nutella and powdered sugar. They are tasty, but next time I’ll use no more than 1/3 cup of sugar. I used two sizes of heart cutters and they came out insanely pretty. Thanks for the idea!

    • Sugar et al says

      Thank you for trying out the recipe. I really appreciate the feedback and would look into the sugar aspect again when I make this.

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