Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Balanced Diet.....

Is a cookie in each hand!

As well as Blogging, I have decided to use some of my baby free time to indulge in a bit of baking.  I have several lovely baking books that I haven't so much as looked at let alone actually tried any of the recipes!
First on my list was the 'Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook'.

I had a quick look though and found lots of things I want to try but settled on the 'Nutella Shortbread Sandwich Cookies'  I always seem to bake cupcakes or make large celebration cakes and wanted to try something different.  They were really easy and only use a few ingredients, one of which is Nutella, Bonus!
Here is the recipe if you want to try them for yourself!

1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Pinch of salt
1/2 jar Nutella

Preheat oven to 180C . Grease two sheet pans or line with parchment (or Silpat).
Toast and skin the hazelnuts. In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts with the sugar until they are finely ground. Add the flour and pulse again. Add the butter pieces, and process it until the mixture comes together. Turn out onto a work surface.

Roll out dough to approximately 1/8-in. thickness (this is quite delicate and tore easily so make sure you are well floured!). With any shape cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer the cookies to the prepared sheet pans.

Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, depending on their size and thickness. Cool the cookies on the sheet pans. (these are really easy to overbake, they are ready when slightly golden at the edges, I overbaked mine!)

Once cooled: spread the Nutella on one cookie and make a sandwich by topping the Nutella with another cookie.

Lets just say they didnt last long and I'll be making them again!
I even made a special super cookie for James!

Lots of Love


Josie-Mary said...

They look lovely but I hate Nutella :( When it first came out I had a whole tub which resulted in me being very sick..... never had it since!!! xx

lemonade kitty said...

Ohhhhh they look delicious, I love nutella and I usually have a big spoonfull after my tea!! Lucey x

B............... said...

I'v made nutella cookies before but different ones to yours and they were lovely.
Good to have you back hun!

B xxx

Isobel said...

Kelly, you naughty girl!!! ;)
They look so delicious!! Hummmmm.... Can I have one? Just one, please??
No, I won't have two no matter how you insist... ok, ok, when nobody is seeing I will have another one. :P

Vintage Amethyst said...

Ooohh you are naughty!
Why do people always post delicious recipes when I've just started my diet(again)!!!! Lol!
These look so scrummy!

A garden just outside Venice said...

Aww, lucky husband to get his own special cookie!!! ;-)