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…
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.
The Ingredients for Nutella Alfajores are:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 (1 1/2 stick) cup cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (+ more for dusting)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Nutella
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. And mix until the dough comes together.
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.
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.
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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