Chesnut Chocolate Cookies Recipe


Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, or in this case, rich chestnut cream sandwiched between two delicious chocolate cookies means only one thing?the holidays are finally here.
Makes: 3-1/2 dozen sandwich cookies.
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Step 1

In a food processor, pulse chestnuts until nearly smooth. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to dissolve any sugar granules that may be stuck. Cook sugar over medium heat until it reaches 240°F; about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately pour the hot sugar through the food processor feed tube while processing the chestnuts. Continue processing until completely smooth. Transfer to small bowl; cover with plastic wrap. The chestnut cream will thicken as it cools.

For cookies, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg; mix well. Add cooled chocolate and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, scraping bottom and sides of bowl and mixing well after each addition. Divide dough into 2 disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until firm enough to roll.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

On a floured surface, roll each dough disk about 1/8 in. thick. Cut into 2 in. rounds. Cut a 1 in. round in the center of half of the cookies; these will be the tops. Gather scraps, reroll, and cut additional cookies. Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet 6-8 minutes or until cookies are fragrant. Cool 3-4 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely.

To assemble, spread a thin layer of chestnut cream on whole cookies. Arrange cut out cookies on cookie sheet; dust with confectioners? sugar. Sandwich cookies together. Cookies soften quickly after they are filled.

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Chestnut Cream

Chestnut Cream

chopped shelled chestnuts

1-1/2 cups (8 ounces) chopped shelled chestnuts

granulated sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

Water

1/3 cup Water

light corn syrup

1 teaspoon light corn syrup

salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cookie

Cookie

all-purpose flour

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

cocoa powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder

baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

butter, softened

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened

egg

1 egg

semi-sweet chocolate

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

vanilla extract

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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