Hazelnut-Espresso Sandwich Cookies

“From the pages of Taste of Home, submitted by Cindy Beberman, these are a wonderfully crisp little cookie with a rich filling sure to please if you're a coffee/hazelnut/chocolate lover! I easily halved the batch and got 30 cookies! To save time, I made the filling before the cookies because it does take awhile to set up and saves time in the long run! *I've made these again since first posting and used Land O Lakes fat free half and half in place of the whipping cream to cut some of the fat/calories/cholesterol a bit and it works just as well without compromising the taste!”
READY IN:
2hrs 40mins
YIELD:
3 dozen
UNITS:
Metric

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, yolk, espresso granules and vanilla.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture mixing well. Stir in hazelnuts.
  3. Divide dough into thirds; flatten each portion into a circle. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with a floured 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter; place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Bake at 375* for 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  6. FOR FILLING: in small saucepan, bring cream to boil. Remove from heat; stir in milk chocolate chips and 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips until melted. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours or until filling reaches spreading consistency, stirring occasionally.
  7. Spread filling over the bottom of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Melt remaining semisweet chocolate chips; drizzle over cookies.
  8. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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