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Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Holiday

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

Cookie season! It’s my favorite time. Glittery lights, appetizers galore, ugly sweaters that are warm and cozy…and cookies! So many cookies! This past weekend I’ve been in Portland for a mini vacation with Josh. We’ve been eating our way through the city, while shivering because we live in California. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! Enough about Portland (I’ll talk more about later), let’s talk holiday cookies!

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

These cookies are a simple shortbread cookie with homemade nutella in the center, which has been on my to­make list for a very long time. For this post, I teamed up with my favorite blender in the entire world, the Vitamix S55, which is slightly smaller than the big one you’re probably used to seeing. I actually favor this version because it’s smaller and more compact
but even though it’s teenier in size, it still is very powerful.

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

It makes the smoothest of soups, the most delicious smoothies and the best nut butters. The cookies begin by roasting the hazelnuts until they’re fragrant and dark brown. The smell from the hazelnuts smell like Christmas.

When they cool down a bit, the hazelnuts are transferred to the Vitamix where they’re ground up. Using the tamper, guide the hazelnuts towards the blades; the tamper is designed to never touch the blades. After blending for 2-3 minutes, you will have a really smooth and creamy nut butter

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Apricot, Sage and Hazelnut Galette (with a lattice top!)

Desserts

How to Lattice

I’ve been dreaming about making a cross between a galette and a real, legit pie with a lattice top since January. WHY?! Because why not. I figure it’s like a lazier version of a real pie, but slightly more ambitious than a traditional galette. Less rustic; less perfect. It’s all about meeting in the middle. (Also, my pie tin might’ve been sticky because I maybe used it to roast carrots in pomegranate molasses not expecting it to get all sticky and stuck. Just maybe.)

I wasn’t expecting to act on my January-galette-dream so soon. I thought it was too early to get all pie-like up in here…that was until I went to the farmer’s market this past Saturday and the apricots were being all fragrant and cute by still having their leaves attached. My favorite fruit is the fruit that looks like it was picked in my neighbor’s backyard.

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