Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

Sandwich cookies are so special. You’re literally eating two cookies at the same time. And then there’s chocolate in the middle. I mean, come on, what’s not to love? 

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

My mom got this book The Perfect Cookie for Christmas, and while I was home I couldn’t stop dog ear-ing every other page, because each recipe looked absolutely… perfect. In the two weeks I was home, Mom made 2 recipes from the book, and they were both insane.

Then, because my mom is the best, she sent me some cookies in the mail, along with a copy of the book, a few weeks later. I immediately knew I had to make something for you all, and here we are.

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

These Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies are just as good as they look. I never knew that hazelnut and espresso paired well together before these cookies. And now I’m ALL about it.

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

Plus, there’s a chocolate ganache center. So like, big fan.

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

RECIPE

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies

Hazelnut Espresso Sandwich Cookies: a perfect treat of sinful chocolate ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut espresso cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Process hazelnuts in a food processor until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and ground hazelnuts together in a bowl.
Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and yolk, one at a time, espresso powder, and vanilla and beat until combined.
Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions until just combined, scraping down bowl as needed. Transfer dough to counter and divide in half. Form each half into a 5-inch disk, warp disks tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Let chilled dough soften on counter, about 10 minutes. Roll 1 disk of dough into a 14-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured counter. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 30 circles; space circles 1/2 inch apart on prepared sheets. Gently reroll scraps once, cut into circles, and transfer to prepared sheets.
Bake until edges are slightly browned, about 7 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Repeat with second disk of dough. Let cookies cool completely.
Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Place 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips in bowl. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips; cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk chocolate mixture until smooth. Refrigerate ganache, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 40 minutes.
Spread 2 teaspoons of ganache over bottom half of cookies, then top with remaining cookies, pressing lightly to adhere. Microwave remaining 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips in a bowl at 50% powder, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle chocolate over cookies and let set, about 30 minutes, before serving.

by

Recipe from The Perfect Cookie Book by America’s Test Kitchen

6 comments

Reply

Thank you Sarah and America’s Test Kitchen! These are phenomenal 🍪🍪🍪!

Reply

I would love to have a couple of these right about now!

Reply

OMG! I wouldn’t be able to resist these! They look amazing!

Reply

Wishing this was my late night snack!

Reply

Exactly what I’m craving today!

Reply

These are amazing and really so easy, although it was tricky to find hazelnuts this time of year. IK did mine in heart shape for Valentines day….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *