Monday, October 5, 2015

Pear Cookies Version #2: Fall Linzer with Chocolate Ganache Filling

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Pear Cookies - Version#2: Fall Linzer with Chocolate Ganache Filling

If you have ever visiting this blog before you will know that I love pears!  Here are some of the pear recipes that I have shared with you in the past (simply click on each title to view the entire post):

Now onto my newest pear creation - PEAR COOKIES!  This recipe has 2 different versions - the first one will be shared on "Sew Crafty Angel"  on 10/6/15 and the second version shared here on "God's Growing Garden" (I split the dough in half and had plenty of both versions).

The Linzer cookie cutters that I used for this version can be seen here:
Autumn or Fall Linzer Cookie Cutter Set

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1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup pureed pear (peeled, cored & then pureed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice) (I used 3 small pears to get 1/2 cup pureed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup finely ground walnuts/pecans/ heartnuts (click HERE to view my post on heartnuts)
2 1/2 cups flour (depending on the juiciness of the pears - you might need more flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt (only if you are using unsalted butter)
1 egg

Prepare the pears & nuts as stated above.  With an electric mixer - cream the butter, sugars (brown & white), vanilla extract & pear puree until combined.  Quickly mix in the egg until combined.  Now, with a wooden spoon stir in the remaining ingredients until blended.  If the dough is still very sticky then you will need to add more flour - only add a tablespoon at a time to make sure that you do NOT add too much flour and make it too dry.  Your dough should look like the picture above on the right.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick.  For these cookie cutters you will cut one whole & then one with a fall shape cut out of the middle - in the end they will be like a sandwich (see picture below).  Place each cut cookie on a parchment lined cookie sheet & continue rolling & cutting until all dough has been used.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until desired golden brown color is achieved.  Once they are out of the oven & while they are still hot - sprinkle powdered sugar on both halves (see picture below)(do this while they are on a cooling rack)

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Ganache Filling
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup heaving whipping cream

In a double boiler combine both ingredients & cook until chocolate has melted (it will become thicker as it cools).  I put the ganache in the fridge to set quicker.  Once the ganache is stiff enough to spread then you will spread a teaspoon amount in the middle of each cookie (make sure that you are spreading the ganache on the undusted side of the whole cookie - then you will place the top cookie with the shape in the middle on top.  In other words both the bottom and top that are exposed will have the powdered sugar showing). 

Alternative Filling - fill these with pear jam or jelly - delicious!

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Continue filling until all tops & bottoms have been sandwiched. 

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Serve & ENJOY!

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Pear Cookies Version#1 - Animal Cookies
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  1. This recipe sounds so good I have to try it, thanks for sharing.

  2. This recipe sounds so good, I have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. YUMMY! Featured on my FB and thanks for linking up at the WW Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  4. My daughter thought these looked really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Delicious! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls


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