Hazelnut Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- 10 ounces (284 grams) Bob’s Red Mill unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 ounces (57 grams) Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour
- 2 ounces (57 grams) light brown sugar packed
- 2 ounces (57 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces (227 grams) unsalted butter cold
Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling
- 10 tablespoons heavy cream
- 10 ounces milk chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee
Place the all-purpose flour, hazelnut flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process the dry ingredients for about 20 seconds.
Cube the butter into 1-inch cubes and add them to the food processor. Pulse about 30 times until the dough resembles breadcrumbs. Don’t let the dough form a call.
Pour the dough onto a lightly floured Silpat and knead the dough into a ball. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out 2.5-inch circles. Line a baking sheet or flat board with parchment paper and place the cookies on the paper. Prick each cookie with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a half baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cookies on the sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
Milk Chocolate Ganache
Chop the chocolate into 1/2-inch or smaller pieces. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. Heat the cream on medium heat until it just begins to bubble. Be careful not to let the cream bubble over.
Remove the cream from the heat and add the instant coffee or espresso to the cream and whisk to combine. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute. Whisk the cream and chocolate until the mixture is smooth.
Let the chocolate cool until it is 77°F. Add a decorating tip to an 18-inch pastry bag. I used Ateco #808. Pipe a single layer of milk chocolate ganache on one cookie and place a second cookie on top.
When boiling cream, do not walk away from the stove because the cream can quickly boil over.
To quickly cool the ganache place it in the refrigerator and check it every 20 minutes. When it reaches 85 degrees F remove it from the refrigerator and let it continue to cool to 77 degrees F.
If there is any leftover ganache use it for your morning oatmeal or spread it on toast.
Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg