Nutty Sandwich Cookies

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 40 to 50 small sandwich cookies
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1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

Coarse, raw, sanding or brown sugar, for topping (optional)

3/4 cup pistachios, almonds, pecans, peanuts or hazelnuts, plus more for topping (optional)

Jam, lemon curd, chocolate-hazelnut spread, melted chocolate or frosting, for filling


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Pulse the nuts, confectioners' sugar and granulated sugar in a food processor until finely ground. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt and pulse until combined. Add the butter and pulse to form a soft dough. 
  2. Roll heaping teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and arrange 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly flatten the balls with your fingers. Sprinkle with coarse, raw, sanding or brown sugar. Press a whole nut into the top of some of the cookies or sprinkle with chopped nuts. 
  3. Bake the cookies until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Spread your choice of filling on the flat side of a cookie; sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with the remaining cookies. 
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