Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Italian Style Butter Cookie Cut Out Recipe with Nutella Filling or Ganache Frosting


2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
assorted cookie cutters
parchment paper
cookie sheet

Mix all together in a heavy duty mixer until this forms a ball, add more milk by drops if too dry.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick, cut out with assorted cookies cutters. Bake at 350 degree hot oven on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake till edges are  slightly browned around 8 minutes. Cool and sandwich together with Nutella spread or ganache frosting.

1 jar Nutella or if not available make some chocolate ganache filling below.

Ganache frosting:

1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Melt chocolate in the microwave in 1 minute intervals. Stir and repeat until melted. Add the rest of the ingredients  beat till smooth and spreadable.

Note: Another option is to substitute white chocolate melted, tinted with yellow and red food coloring to make orange color, add 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1 cup or more powdered sugar to thicken
Melt chocolate in the microwave in 1 minute intervals. Stir and repeat until melted. Add the rest of the ingredients beat till smooth and spreadable.

You can decorate the tops with candy corn, sprinkles or other creative ideas you may have.



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