• Valentine's Cookies - 22

    From Dave Drum@1:3634/12 to All on Sunday, February 11, 2024 13:53:00
    MMMMM----- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06

    Title: Hazelnut Macarons
    Categories: Cookies, Nuts
    Yield: 60 servings

    6 lg Egg whites
    1 1/2 c Hazelnuts; toasted
    2 1/2 c Confectioners' sugar
    ds Salt
    1/2 c Superfine sugar

    MMMMM--------------------COFFEE BUTTERCREAM:-------------------------
    1 c Sugar
    6 tb Water
    6 lg Egg yolks
    4 ts Instant espresso powder
    1 ts Vanilla extract
    1 1/2 c Butter; softened
    6 tb Confectioners' sugar

    Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room
    temperature for 30 minutes.

    Set oven @ 350ºF/175ºC.

    Place hazelnuts and confectioners' sugar in a food
    processor; pulse until nuts are finely ground.

    Add salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft
    peaks form. Gradually add superfine sugar, 1 tablespoon
    at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Fold
    in hazelnut mixture.

    Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a round
    tip. Pipe 1"-diameter cookies 2" apart onto
    parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until lightly
    browned and firm to the touch, 9-12 minutes. Transfer
    cookies on the parchment to wire racks; cool completely.

    For the buttercream, in a heavy saucepan, combine sugar
    and water. Bring to a boil; cook over medium-high heat
    until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. In a small
    bowl, whisk a small amount of hot syrup into egg yolks;
    return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook until
    thickened, 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from
    heat. Stir in espresso powder and vanilla; cool

    In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat butter
    until creamy. Gradually beat in cooled syrup. Beat in
    confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Refrigerate until
    mixture firms to a spreading consistency, about 10

    Spread about 1 1/2 tsp buttercream onto the bottoms of
    half the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Store in
    airtight containers in the refrigerator.

    Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Makes: about 5 doze

    RECIPE FROM: https://www.tasteofhome.com

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