Nougat Ring Cookies

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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr
Preparation
ready in 4 h. 15 min.
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Ingredients

for
12
For the topping
250 milliliters
¼
100 grams
2
25 grams
30 grams
125 grams
soft Butter
100 grams
For the garnish
100 grams
slivered almonds
200 grams
Couverture (bitter)
40 grams
For the cookie rings
150 grams
50 grams
ground Hazelnuts
50 grams
2 teaspoons
1 pinch
100 grams
1
1 tablespoon

Preparation steps

1.

For the garnish: Toast the slivered almonds in a dry skillet until golden brown and set aside.

2.

For the cookie rings: In a bowl, stir together the flour, nuts, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and with a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg and rum. Quickly knead until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

3.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4.

Roll out the dough about 3 mm (approximately 1/8-inch) thick and use two differently sized biscuit cutters 8-10 cm (approximately 3-4-inch) diameter. Place on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

5.

For the topping: Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a saucepan along with the bean and the milk and bring to a boil. Stir in the nougat and cook until melted. Remove the vanilla bean.

6.

Whip the egg yolks with sugar until foamy. Stir in the cornstarch. Gradually whisk in the hot milk then pour everything back into the pot and bring to a boil again while stirring. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and chill over an ice water bath, stirring occasionally.

7.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the soft butter with the powdered sugar until fluffy. When the nougat cream has reached the same temperature as the butter, stir it by spoonfuls into the butter.

8.

Then spoon the nougat buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe some of the mixture onto the larger of the cookies and place the smaller cookie on top, pressing to adhere.  Refrigerate until the buttercream has become almost solid.

9.

For the garnish: Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a hot water bath, stirring until melted. Brush a little of the chocolate mixture over the cookies and scatter the slivered almonds over.  Coat the nougat rings generously with the remaining chocolate mixture and let dry at room temperature.