Tuesday, December 02, 2008

TWD--Linzer Sables--And More Chocolate Chances at Baking Delights

This week's Tuesday's With Dorie recipe is for Linzer Sables.  A nutty, buttery cookie with a jam filling--or as Dorie also suggests in the book, a chocolate filling.  Ah, that's more like it!  Chocolate!  But I didn't just make my Linzer's with any old chocolate--it became apparent to me when I went and looked in my big freezer full of lots of nuts (they were on sale recently buy-one, get-one free!  So I stocked up)--anyway, the recipe suggests finely ground almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.  I had forgotten that one of the bags of nuts I'd gotten was hazelnuts.  Ding, ding, ding!  I decided to make these cookies with the hazelnuts. 

Simple cookie to make--grind the nuts until finely ground, make the simple dough with butter, sugar and the usual dry ingredients mixed with the nuts.  Roll out between wax paper and chill the dough.  Then cut into whatever shapes you want.  Making sure you double each cookie to sandwich them and cut a cute hole in the center so you can see the filling oozing out.  Got it.  Did it.  Easy enough.  And I was loving the smell of these cookies baking with the toasty hazelnuts!  Dorie's recipe calls for some cinnamon and cloves and well, I just didn't want to have that spicy flavor mixed up with my chocolate filling.  So I left that out and added a touch of vanilla extract, just for kicks.

Now what's a hazelnut cookie to do for the ultimate filling?  Hmmm,  here's the little bare cookies (I halved the recipe by the way).

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Okay, so I really knew the second I found my hazelnuts exactly what would go in the center of these cookies!

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The delicious and oh so highly, I'm sure, nutritious Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut spread!

These are some happy little cookies now!

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I really like these.  Oh, I also filled one with apricot jam and one with raspberry jam, just to see what I thought.  While both are good, they don't stand a chance with the Nutella.

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Enough pictures?  Okay, one or two more, if you insist.

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Yep, that oozing jam looks good and all, but the Nutella is the star of the show, only problem was I didn't realize how low I was with the jar of it until I opened it ready to fill the cookies.  I made due and the cookies are great!  Guess I'd better run to the store for more Nutella---soon!  ; )

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Perfect little cookies as an addition to your holiday baking!  What, you want the recipe?  Check out noskos'  (from the Netherlands!) blog  Living the Life for the recipe, he picked the recipe this week from Dorie's book, Baking From My Home to Yours.  Get the book!  Check out all the other 300+ baker's Linzer's on the TWD blog list.

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23 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Those are definitely happy cookies now - yum! Wonderful idea, and I love the little linzer man :)

chocolatechic said...

Hazelnuts and chocolate.

Perfect combo.

I was going to use chocolate, but my friend who is going to be helping me eat them can't have chocolate.

vibi said...

Great idea to have made sablémen! I wish I had thought of making then hazelnut... oh! well, there's always Christmas! Beautiful!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

OK, I was so not going to make these, but you've convinced me. NUTELLA!!!!!!!!!! Excuse me while I go bake.

Rebecca said...

Cuuuute! Hooray for nutritious Nutella!!!

marye said...

those look...wow.

kim said...

beautiful cookies! nutella + hazelnuts in the cookie = perfection :) great job!

Maria said...

Love the nutella idea! I just love that stuff! The cookies look wonderful!

Tiffany Winters said...

two words to describe how I feel right now. SO Jealous.

pinkstripes said...

Your linzer sables look perfect and I love the idea of Nutella! YUM!

Megan said...

I actually love nuts - all kinds. I could live on Nutella - it's that good! It's just sad that no one else in my house can/or will eat anything with nuts. Oh well!

I think the gingerbread men are my favorite shape, though. That reminds me, where is my cutter?

Cafe Johnsonia said...

YUMMY.

Kayte said...

I love those little gingerbread men...so cute in the circle like that. Your cookies look amazing...very pretty. My husband is nuts about Nutella, so I think I will try your version next! Thanks for sharing your ideas...I learn so much!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great job on these! Your cookies look great!

SiHaN said...

oh darn.. i suddenly think of the peanut butter and jelly combination. Should have done that! haah.

HoneyB said...

Great job on your cookies! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much!

Pamela said...

Well, with those ground up hazelnuts in the dough, Nutella is definitely the way to go!! They look fabulous. Great job.

happytummy said...

love the gingerbread cutouts! your cookies look great.

Alwayzbakin said...

They look adorable. I love the little men! I'm jealous of your nutella filled cookies!

Amy Franklin said...

Glenn's mom makes a cookie like this every Christmas, but we've never had them with NUTELLA!! I may have to suggest that this year....looks yummy (just like everything you bake)!

Madam Chow said...

That whole tray of cookies looks amazing, cute, and delicious! I would have gone for the Nutella ones, myself!

n.o.e said...

Your cookies are nice and thick - I won't do mine so thin next time. And I love the hazelnut idea (my hazelnuts were too old, so I stuck with almond). And I have that same shape of gingerbread man, only really small - I make fleets of them out as gingerbread cookies every year.

And guess what? You are the winner of my cookbook giveaway! Email me at nancy.o.ewing at gmail.com to give me your address, and I'll get it in the mail this week!

noskos said...

Glad you liked the recipe! The nutella sounds very good :-)!