Gianduia Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate-Hazelnut)

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 12 mins

I was a bit skeptical of this 3-ingredient recipe, but curious enough to try it. This was certainly a case where curiosity paid off--these are wonderful little cookies! The recipe was published in Food & Wine's 6th edition of "Best of the Best-The best recipes from the 25 best cookbooks of the year". It was taken from Rozanne Gold's "Desserts 1-2-3". (Be sure to use the self-rising cake flour called for, not self-rising all-purpose flour.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup Nutella and the egg with an electric mixer until well combined. Slowly add 1 cup of flour until a wet dough is formed. Transfer the dough to a flour-dusted board.
  3. Knead gently, adding a bit more flour if necessary; dough will be sticky. Roll dough into 18 balls, flouring your hands as needed to make rolling easier. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, several inches apart.
  4. Bake 12 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Split cookies in half horizontally using a sharp, serrated knife (see note below). Spread bottom with 1 teaspoon Nutella, replace top and press firmly. Let cool completely. Store in a tightly covered tin.
  5. Note on flour: I didn't have self-rising cake flour, so I mixed 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt with regular cake flour before adding it.
  6. Note on splitting the cookies: I had a problem with a couple of the cookie tops breaking a bit when I first started cutting them. I then tried it this way and had no more problems: turn the cookie on its side and carefully score the entire outside edge while turning it like a wheel, then gently cut the rest of the way through the middle.


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My review is proof that these are an excellent cookie. Even with challenges, these cookies are still incredible. It is a long story, but please bare with me...I was in a hurry when I got home from work on Valentine's Day night. I had decided that instead of one simple appy for dinner with Hubby, I would make just a couple pieces of 3 different recipes. Crazy, I know, but I was craving one thing; he was craving know how it goes. So, anyway, I quickly whip up these cookies for dessert, only to realize after the cookies are in the oven that I used regular flour instead of self-rising. The cookies didn't puff as they baked; they stayed round little balls. So, as I pulled them from the oven, I hit each one with the rounded handle end of my citrus reamer to make them crackle a bit and form an indention in the middle (like a thumbprint cookie). Then, I filled the indention with Nutella and dusted with powdered sugar. It worked. The cookies were saved, and we had a perfect little sweet spot to end our Valentine's dinner. I have submitted a photo of my "flop" for your viewing pleasure. LOL

Ms B. February 25, 2006

i tried these but left them to long to slice so just sandwiched them together they went down a treat:) i tried them again (next day) but replaced the nutella with a shop bought banoffe spread they where amazing

lauracarr March 02, 2012

These are pretty darn good!! I dont think I would eat them with out the filling in them because they are a bit plain, but with the filling they are AWESOME!!!

dougslady716 December 07, 2009

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