Cinnamon star cookies with Nutella® hazelnut spread

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When a baking tray means friendship
Sharing has never been so good: star-shaped cookies, winter holidays and friends. That’s the perfect recipe for Christmas, with a nutty, zesty bite. Let’s spend some time baking this traditional German delight with your kids, and you will discover how sweet the holidays can be!
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 2 2/3 cups ground hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Nutella® hazelnut spread
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
Step 1
Step 1
  • Preheat oven to 250°F; position rack in center of oven.
  • Using a mixer, beat together the egg whites and 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • Reserve 2 tbsp into a small bowl for the icing used later – combine only this portion with 1 tsp of lemon juice.
  • Step 2
    Step 2
  • Gently mix hazelnuts and cinnamon into remaining egg white mixture until combined.
  • Step 3
    Step 3
  • On work surface, roll out dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 2 inch star cookie cutter, cut out 48 cookies, re-rolling scraps once.
  • Arrange cookies on 2 parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Using 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds in the center of half of the cookies (these will be tops of sandwich cookies).
  • Spread “icing”-like mixture on the top of the cookie (with the cut out) using a teaspoon.
  • Step 4
    Step 4
  • Bake, in 2 batches, for about 10 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool completely. Spoon Nutella® hazelnut spread into piping bag fitted with small round tip. Pipe 1 tsp Nutella® hazelnut spread onto half of the cookies (without round cut outs).
  • Dust remaining cookies with remaining confectioners’ sugar; place over Nutella® hazelnut spread on bottom halves of cookies.