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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

After a weekend of eating junk food and drinking beer out in Indiana, I decided to...bake some cookies. woops. In all seriousness I've been baking so much out of necessity (bridal showers and such) that I just wanted to make something fun :) These are tasty, rich little cookies that go great with a big glass of milk. Who doesn't love a good sandwich cookie? No one, that's who.

1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups oats

First things first, ceam together the shortening and both sugars. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in your egg and vanilla.

Next, add in your baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix together until well combined.

Pour in your flour, and combine with wet ingredients (don't over mix!). Then finally add in your oatmeal.

Roll the dough into 3/4 inch balls, and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I've made these cookies HUGE before,which works too, but big versions have the caloric properties of a Big Mac, so I kept them small this time.

With the bottom of a glass, press the dough down so it's a flat disc shape. I floured the bottom of the glass throughout this process to keep the dough from sticking to it.

Bake at 375 for 5-7 minutes. i let mine go about 6. While these were baking/cooling, I whipped up some Turkey tacos.

Long live Taco night.

Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack before attempting to sandwich.

At this point, bust out your nutella. If you're not a hazelnut fan, you could try this with a chocolate spread, or maybe even a jam. The dough is pretty simple and would go well with anything.

Spread a scant amount of nutella on one cookie. I used about a teaspoon, you really need less than you think.

Take another cookies and smush your sanwiches together. This recipe makes about 15-18 sandwiches, so it's a smalled batch than usual.

Keep your cookies in a cool-ish place so the nutella doesn't liquify. And enjoy!

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