Elsie and sister Emma are the creative forces behind the blog A Beautiful Mess, a lifestyle site focused on sharing the simple ways to create an inspired lifestyle. The gals cover everything from creating DIY stamps out of fruits and veggies to thoughts on seasonal clothing. But we’ll admit it: We keep coming back for the food. And these lovely little sandwich cookies are a testament to what Elsie and Emma are so good at: creating simple recipes that you’re not only excited to whip up but also absolutely qualified to tackle. Here we have a relatively straightforward sugar cookie recipe made chewy with a touch of brown sugar and filled with everyone’s favorite chocolate hazelnut spread, for the novice baker and the seasoned sweet tooth alike.
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1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon (aluminum-free) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Plenty of Nutella
1. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
2. Now mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. The batter should be crumbly, and you will probably need to use your hands to combine it a bit more to form a dough ball. Cover in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Now form dough into small round disks, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter and uniformly thick. You want your cookies to all sort of match each other in size because you will be placing one of top of another to form sandwich cookies.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before adding filling.
5. Once cooled, spoon a couple tablespoons of Nutella on one cookie and place another on top.
Makes 10 to 12 sandwich cookies