Nutella Cookie Sandwich

nutella cookie

 

My fondness for Nutella/Gianduja is well documented. Here. Here.  So when I had the opportunity to make a Nutella cookie SANDWICH, you know I had to take the universe up on the opportunity that it set before me. The most famous cookie sandwich, is of course the Oreo. But riddle me this, did you know that Oreos are actually a Hydrox copy not the other way around.

Cookie sandwiches are an interesting hybrid in the cookie world, they’re not quite a real cookie and they’re not quite a whoopie pie either. But one thing is for sure, the cookie sandwich (or sangwich as I like to call it) is definitely delicious. The rich chocolate gianduja filling nestled between two buttery sugar cookies is a little bite of heaven.

But let’s do a quick historical deep dive into cookies themselves.

Cookies themselves seem to have started where else…you guessed it…Ancient Iran! Sorry people, when you’re an ancient super power you get awesome inventions like cookies attributed to you. But actually this attribution comes from the fact that sugar became popular in that region and the Persian Empire being the dominant force in the region led the charge in culinary excellence. Serving as a causeway for deliciousness sugar cane made its way out of India and into the Persian Empire.

From there cookies would gradually morph into a delicious treat enjoyed by everyone. The sugar cookie (which is the base of this recipe) first took shape in Elizabethan England, where a shortbread cookie precursor was making its rounds amongst middle class Europeans. As folks began to travel more, the necessity for the cookies to keep increased, so the texture of the cookie moved more towards a wafer or biscuit (English style) so it would keep longer as people traveled and tried not to die. (Traveling back then was DANGEROUS! (See: Natives not happy to see you, flesh eating viruses, and earth just being way scarier)

So as you can see, cookies have come a long way, luckily now cookies are ubiquitous and are damn delicious. Make this and you’ll question why you didn’t try this sooner.

 

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Recipe – Nutella Cookie Sandwich

Method

3 cups of flour

1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1 1/3 Cup of Sugar

2 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Cup of Cold Unsalted Butter

2 Eggs

Filling

1/4 Cup of Nutella

1 Tbsp. Cream *Optional

Method

*Preheat oven to 350F*

Step 1 – Sift Flour, baking powder, and salt

Step 2- Beat cold butter with a standing mixer then slowly add sugar.

Step 3 – Now add the eggs one at a time.

Step 4- Add Vanilla, should have a almost shortbread like consistency.

Step 5- Form the dough into a disc or ball and then refrigerate for at least an hour.

Step 6 – Roll out the dough in portions (probably about 4 portions). Roll-out should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 7 – Use a cookie cutter if possible, to make 2 1/2 inch wide circles.

Step 8 – Place on parchment paper and then on a baking sheet.

Step 9 – Bake in oven for 9 minutes or just so bottoms are a little bit brown.

Step 10 – While cookies are baking, mix Nutella with cream until you have smooth consistency.

Step 11 – Remove cookies from oven, allow to cool, then spread Nutella mixture on cookie and form a sandwich!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Nutella Cookie 2

 

Nutella Cookie Sandwich
 
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Recipe - Nutella Cookie Sandwich
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups of flour
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp. Salt
  • 1⅓ Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Cold Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • Filling
  • ¼ Cup of Nutella
  • 1 Tbsp. Cream *Optional
Instructions
  1. *Preheat oven to 350F*
  2. Step 1 - Sift Flour, baking powder, and salt
  3. Step 2- Beat cold butter with a standing mixer then slowly add sugar.
  4. Step 3 - Now add the eggs one at a time.
  5. Step 4- Add Vanilla, should have a almost shortbread like consistency.
  6. Step 5- Form the dough into a disc or ball and then refrigerate for at least an hour.
  7. Step 6 - Roll out the dough in portions (probably about 4 portions). Roll-out should be about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Step 7 - Use a cookie cutter if possible, to make 2½ inch wide circles.
  9. Step 8 - Place on parchment paper and then on a baking sheet.
  10. Step 9 - Bake in oven for 9 minutes or just so bottoms are a little bit brown.
  11. Step 10 - While cookies are baking, mix Nutella with cream until you have smooth consistency.
  12. Step 11 - Remove cookies from oven, allow to cool, then spread Nutella mixture on cookie and form a sandwich!
  13. Enjoy!

Mini Apple Crumble Pies

mini crumble pie

 

So this entire post was bred from a failure of mine in the kitchen. Like all of you have seen I am sure, social media has been inundated with fun quick cooking videos that essentially show cooking as this easy process that yields amazing results with just a simple screen wipe. But if any of you have ever read the comments below those videos (just a hint, they’re hilarious), you’ll soon discover that those videos are usually not telling the whole story. Whether the food actually tastes bad or just fundamentally is not possible, the comments always yield hilarious but mostly truthful results.

This is where I come in, I was getting desserts ready for a party I was hosting at my house, and I seen a fun apple hand-pie recipe on one of these videos. So of course, I thought to myself, “I’m a food blogger, this video will be a breeze!”

Just see for yourself.

I could not have been more wrong. I have the spacial relation skills of a silverback gorilla, so when I attempted to fill said hand pies I overfilled them and trying to form them into any sort of modicum of a pie soon proved to be an impossibility. It also didn’t help that my pie dough didn’t roll out properly so I was left with a crumbly ball of pie dough filled with apple pie filling. So I basically as they say in the business, I shit the bed.

But when one shits the bed, you can’t just wallow in it, you have to pick yourself up and fix the problem. I still needed to make a dessert for two reasons, I had guests coming and two I wanted some damn website content. So I quickly scraped out my filling back into the bowl and figured out that I could make mini open face pies instead.

I sprayed muffin tins and then formed a mini pie crust into the tins. I then filled them with the apple pie filling (this time with the appropriate amount) and then  I laid a delicious crumble on top.

The end result was deliciousness (Thank God).

So let this be a lesson to all of you out there, those videos are usually a farce and even if they are feasible even the best of us can F them up (Big time.)

 

Apple Pie

Recipe

Ingredients

1 Package of Pie Dough ( 2 Sheets)

4 Cups of Peeled Diced Apples

1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar

2 Tsp. Cinnamon

2 Tbsp. Butter

1 Tbsp. Corn Starch

(Crumble)

1/2 cup Butter

1 cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup of Oats

(To make crumble, melt butter, then add it to  sugar and oats mixture. Allow it to refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes. Take it out and break it up with a fork, should resemble a crumbely mixture)

Method

Step 1 – Mix the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and corn starch together.

Step 2- In a large pan, heat the butter.

Step 3- Add the apple mixture to the pan, and saute until the apples turn a dark golden brown color (essentially apple pie filling)

Step 4-  In a muffin tin, Press the pieces of pie dough into the tins so that the dough covers all the sides (this is inexact)

Step 5- Pour the filling in.

Step 6- Top the mini pies with the crumble.

Step 7 – Bake in your oven at 350F for about 15 to 20 minutes, pie crust should be golden brown.

Step 8 – Use a rubber spatula to spoon out the pies once they’ve cooled.

 

Mini Apple Pie Crisp

 

 

 

 

Mini Apple Pies

 

Mini Apple Crumble Pies
 
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Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 Package of Pie Dough ( 2 Sheets)
  • 4 Cups of Peeled Diced Apples
  • ⅓ Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • (Crumble)
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ¾ Cup of Oats
  • (To make crumble, melt butter, then add it to  sugar and oats mixture. Allow it to refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes. Take it out and break it up with a fork, should resemble a crumbely mixture)
Instructions
  1. Step 1 - Mix the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and corn starch together.
  2. Step 2- In a large pan, heat the butter.
  3. Step 3- Add the apple mixture to the pan, and saute until the apples turn a dark golden brown color (essentially apple pie filling)
  4. Step 4-  In a muffin tin, Press the pieces of pie dough into the tins so that the dough covers all the sides (this is inexact)
  5. Step 5- Pour the filling in.
  6. Step 6- Top the mini pies with the crumble.
  7. Step 7 - Bake in your oven at 350F for about 15 to 20 minutes, pie crust should be golden brown.
  8. Step 8 - Use a rubber spatula to spoon out the pies once they've cooled.