Baking Blitz

We are having friends over for dessert on Tuesday and I need to take dessert to a potluck on Friday so this week includes lots of baking. I have not made any of these recipes before. So wish me luck. I will let you know how they turn out next week.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spirals
from Crazy for Chocolate
1 1/2 c flour

1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c ground hazelnuts ( I will use walnuts)
3 1/3 oz butter
1 egg
1 T water
4 T nutella

Like baking sheets with parchment paper
Place flour, cocoa, sugar, and hazelnuts in food processor. Add butter and process for 30 seconds until fine crumbs. Add egg and just enough water to moisten.
Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth
Roll out dough on parchment to form rectangle 10 x 14
Spread dough with Nutella
Using parchment to lift, roll dough from long side to form log.
Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 30 min
Preheat oven to 350F
Cut dought int 1/2" slices. Place on prepared trays
Bake for 10-12 min

Chocolate Peppermint Creams adapted from Crazy for Chocolate

2 1/2 oz butter
1/4 c sugar
100g flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 T cocoa
2 T milk

Peppermint Cream
1 egg white
1 3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract

Chocolate topping
4 oz dark chocolate chopped melted

To make cookies
Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add flour and cocoa alternately with milk. mix only until a soft dough forms. Turn out and knead until smooth.
Divide dough in half. Roll one half between 2 sheets of parchment until 1/4" thick
Cut dough into rounds using a biscuit cutter.
Bake for 10 min. Repeat with other half.

To make Peppermint Cream
Place egg whites in mixing bowl. Add sugar 2 T at a time on low speed until soft dough forms. Turn onto surface dusted with powdered sugar. Knead in more sugar until the dough is not sticky. Knead in peppermint extract to taste.

Roll teaspoon full of cream into a ball. Flatten slightly. Sandwich between two wafers. pressing them together to spread cream to the edges. Dip cookies into chocolate halfway. Let excess drain off. Place on lined tray to set.


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