*Cookie Monday* Nutella Alfajores ( Guest post From Aniscorner.com)

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Prudy from Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs gave me the honor of taking of her Cookie Monday’s and I am more than eager to get started! I love meeting new bloggers and seeing their delicious creations. What is Cookie Monday you ask? Let me explain… From now on, every Monday, I will have a new blogger guest post for me a new cookie recipe. Sound good? I think so. =) Not only will you be introduced to some amazing new blogs,  but you will also have a never ending collection of cookie recipes!

First up for the very first Cookie Monday Post on BurlapKitchen is Ani from aniscorner.com. I met Ani a little while back and we have become pretty good blogger buds. When you start blogging and are unsure of a lot of things it is nice to have a circle of friends to help out, and this gal is definitely in my circle! Ani is always there to help and is not afraid to give some constructive criticism when needed, which is CRUCIAL in the blogging world! I love watching Ani’s blog grow and I am so excited to have her here with us today. As Prudy always says,

Take it away my friend…

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First of all I want to Thank Emily for giving me the opportunity to guest post for her “Cookie Mondays”. I don’t remember how I came across her blog but we quickly became blogger friends. She is such a sweet and talented girl. Well when she told me that the post needs to be cookie related I knew I had to make Alfajores.
Alfajor is a traditional dessert in many Latin countries. These are usually made with Dulce De Leche, however I decided to make it with Nutella. I know you already want to start baking, I loooove Nutella too.
Alfajores are very soft and delicate shortbread cookies. And Nutella is sticky, gooey and perfect for pressing between two delicate cookies.

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The Ingredients for Nutella Alfajores are:

  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 3/4 (1 1/2 stick) cup cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
  4. 1/2 cup confectioners’  sugar (+ more for dusting)
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 Nutella
Preheat your oven to 325 decrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

With your mixer or food processor blend together flour and butter.
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Add the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. And mix until the dough comes together.

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Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough onto it. Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch.
Using a 2 1/2 inch (not bigger than this) round or heart (for Valentine’s Day) cookie cutter cut out as many rounds as you can.

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Briefly knead the dough scrapes together just until smooth, roll out and cut more. Repeat this until you have no dough left. You should be able to make around 32 cookies. If the dough becomes to soft freeze it for couple minutes and continue rolling and cutting.
Transfer the rounds to the prepared sheets and bake for 11-14 minutes. Transfer the baked cookies to wire rack and let cool completely.

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Gently spread 1 Tbsp of Nutella on the flat side of a cookie and place the second cookie on top of Nutella. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve. You can also dip these in melted dark chocolate or roll in crashed nuts.

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Orange Cake Box Cookies

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A simple cookie made from a cake mix, topped with an easy glaze and sprinkled with orange zest. These cookies taste like summer, they are light and refreshing… Perfect for summer time gatherings.

Ingredients:

1 Box yellow cake mix (about 15.25 oz box)

1/2 Cup Flour

1 (8 oz ) block cream cheese ( room temp.)

2 eggs

1/2 Cup oil  ( I used vegetable oil)

Juice from one orange ( or about 1/4 cup)

Zest from half an orange

* When I make these I buy 2 oranges. I use the one orange for the juice and the zest that goes into the cake mix and I use the second orange for the zest to garnish the cookies once they have been glazed.

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium size bowl add cream cheese and juice from orange, Mix with a hand mixer until well blended. Add the cake mix, flour, eggs and oil and mix with a wooden spoon. Once every thing is mixed well add the zest from 1/2 of the orange and mix one more time. Drop by 1/2 tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes ( Mine were perfect at 9 minutes).

 

Once they were cooled I decided they needed a glaze. I used a recipe that I got from Food.com and then topped it with orange zest. You can also add orange food coloring if you wish.

CLICK HERE FOR COOKIE GLAZE RECIPE  ( this recipe called for water OR milk…. I used Milk)

 

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Box Cookies

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Box Cookies

Lately I have been working on re-photographing some of my recipes, like these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Box Cookies. The photos are still not where I want them to be but they are 100 times better then some of the originals. I was blessed to have one of my best friends help me with this. She was my sous chef, dish washer, hand model, and comic relief. She even painted her nails for me! I’m working on making her a permanent helper, shhh 😉 . I’ve offered to pay her with the left over food =P I think she’s ok with that 😉

Cake box cookies are so awesome. I love how easy they are to make. Normally, they require few ingredients and who doesn’t have a few cake boxes in the pantry? I have made everything from orange cake box cookies to sugar cake box cookies to these Chocolate Chocolate Cake Box Cookies. I wish I could tell you of my favorite cake box cookies recipe but I just love them all. It would be too hard to choose! That being said, these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Box cookies will make the perfect addition to your holiday baking list. They are soft, chewy, and everything you want in a cookie. I have also added a hint of coffee into the recipe which compliments the chocolate flavor perfectly. The coffee is not over powering, it is just enough to add a little kick to these cookies. In fact, I know people who hate coffee and LOVE these cookies. My husband being one of them.

If you give this recipe a try I would love to hear from you!

 

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* Here is a photo of what the dough should look like before adding the chocolate chips. Sorry, for some reason I forgot to re-photograph the dough!

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