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This recipe comes from Patisseries, Sweet and delicious recipes from great Canadian pastry chefs by James MacDougall. On Page 43 there is an Empire Belgian Cookies recipe. As much as I adore the cookies with jam and lemon butter, and yes, I will make these too, I used these buttery, melt in the mouth cookies to make nutella shortbread for the nutella lover in the family.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/8 cups cake and pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Nutella [use the real thing please]
• Preheat oven to 350F.
• Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• In a large bowl, cream butter, vanilla and sugar together.
• Sift dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture.
• Mix to combine.
• Divide dough in half, and wrap and chill for two hours.
Place one half of the cookie dough on a well floured board.
• Dust the rolling pin with flour and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
• Cut circles with a medium sized cookie cutter.
• Reroll the scraps and roll and cut again until most of the dough is used up.
• Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
• Remove from the oven and let rest on pan for 5 minutes.
• When cookies have set, move to a wire rack to cool completely.
• Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
• Pair the cookies according to size and shape.
• Place a spoonful of nutella on half of the cookies and spread almost to the edge.
• Place the remaining cookies on the top.


  1. These look absolutely perfect Zsuzsa. I love the taste of Nutella and for that reason I won't buy it.
    There is a class action suit against Nutella Canada for misrepresenting the nutritional value of the product in their tv ads. Some people have too much time on their hands!

  2. We are being lied to buy the food industry so much it's seems pointless anyway. I wondered about those Nutella ads too and to tell you the truth I never believed them. I am sure they contain peanut butter, I can taste it. I wish they would go after the foreign manufacturers who put metal shavings [as fillers] into cereal flakes. I cannot convince my better half not to buy them. He says everything that comes from a certain country has garbage in it. And the question is what doesn't come from there? Makes the 100 Mile Diet rather attractive, but oh boy, that would be a lot of work and somewhat restrictive.




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