Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

These Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies are absolutely delightful as a homemade holiday gift.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies
Makes about 24
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  1. ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  3. 2 large egg yolks
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  6. ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  8. ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread*
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and ⅓ cup sugar with a mixer at medium-high speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined.
  3. Place dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, and roll to ¼-inch thickness. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Remove top piece of parchment paper from dough. Using a 1½-inch round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place 1 inch apart on prepared pans. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  6. Bake until firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  7. Spread about 1 teaspoon chocolate-hazelnut spread on flat side of half of cookies. Place remaining cookies, flat side down, on top of spread. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  1. *We used Nutella.
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