Hazelnut Meringue Sandwich Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: about 24
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Ingredients

For the cookies:

1/2 cup blanched hazelnuts

3 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

For the filling:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup cranberry or red currant jelly

Directions

  1. Make the cookies: Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Spread the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 9 to 11 minutes; let cool, then finely chop. Reduce the oven temperature to 225 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Increase the mixer speed to medium high and beat in the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until stiff peaks form, 6 to 8 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Add the chopped hazelnuts and sift in the confectioners' sugar.
  3. Fold together with a rubber spatula.
  4. Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe 2-inch rounds about 1 inch apart on the prepared pans, keeping the pastry tip close to the pan.
  5. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the meringues are dry and release from
  6. the parchment, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn off the oven; leave the meringues inside for 30 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, make the filling: Beat the butter, confectioners' sugar and salt in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until combined, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium high and beat in the vanilla; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Dollop 1 teaspoon filling and 1/2 teaspoon jelly on the flat side of half the meringues. Top with the remaining meringues.