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Straight on shot of a stack of Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Cookie Sandwiches with Jam on a light blue grey surface with a light textured background.

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate and Jam


  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen sandwich cookies 1x

Description

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate and Jam will make a great addition to your holiday table. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and hazelnuts.


Ingredients

Scale
  • ¾ cup + 3 tbsp hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling:

  • ¾ cup jam of choice (I used apricot and fig)

Dip:

  • 4.5oz bittersweet chocolate

Instructions

  1.  Grind nuts: Place 3 tablespoons of nuts in food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Remove and reserve for later. Place remaining ¾ cup nuts in a food processor with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Pulse until finely ground.
  2.  Add dry ingredients: Add remaining sugar, flour and salt to processor, and pulse until combined.
  3.  Add wet ingredients: Add butter and vanilla and pulse until a dough forms. Remove from food processor, and shape into a two disks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm. You can also refrigerate the dough up to 2-3 days, and allow it to sit out on counter for about 15 minutes before rolling out.
  4. Roll & punch: On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. The dough may crack easily, but just push together as needed, and roll out carefully. Punch out rounds using a 2 ½ inch cutter. Carefully transfer rounds to a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing dough about 1 inch apart. Re-roll dough and repeat. Refrigerate dough again if too warm to work with. Place baking sheets with cut-outs in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before baking.
  5. Bake: Preheat oven to 350°F while dough is chilling. Bake cookies on center rack of oven for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. You can also use the upper and lower third racks and rotate cookies half way through cooking. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Fill: When cookies cool, spread 1 ½ teaspoons of jam on half of the cookies and top to form into sandwiches.
  7. Temper chocolate: Finely chop 3 oz of chocolate, keeping ½ ounce whole. Fill a small pot with 2 inches of water and warm on stove over medium heat. Place 3 oz of chopped chocolate in a bowl large enough to sit over pot of water without touching bottom. Place bowl over simmering water and stir frequently until chocolate is about 80% melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. Add ½ ounce chunk of chocolate to further cool mixture and continue to stir until chocolate is no longer hot to the touch.
  8. Dip and Serve: Dip the cookie sandwiches half way into chocolate and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet to set up. After dipping every 3-4 sandwiches, top with reserved chopped hazelnuts before chocolate sets up too much. If your chocolate is not setting up, place in fridge until set. Enjoy.

Notes

ALTERNATIVE RECIPE FOR MORE TENDER/EASIER TO ROLL OUT COOKIE:

  • Mix together ground hazelnuts, flour, salt and 1/2 tsp baking powder in a bowl. 
  • Cream together softened butter and sugar in stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment for 5 minutes. You can also use a bowl and handheld beaters or a regular whisk.
  • Add one large egg and beat until combined. Add one egg yolk and vanilla extract, and combine.
  • Add dry ingredients in two additions, mixing over low speed to just combine. 
  • Continue with instructions from above, using slightly less than 1 1/2 tsp of jam per cookie sandwich, as these cookies won’t absorb as much moisture.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich cookie
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 58mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: hazelnut cookies, hazelnut sandwich cookies, chocolate hazelnut cookies, Christmas, holiday