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Baking is easy!

Don't take what cookbooks say too seriously.  Most of the time, bakers like to make baking sound really complicated. But with a couple of simple tricks, baking gets quite easy.  There are three main lessons on baking my mother taught me, follow them and you are ready to go for pretty much any cookie.

1. Always use the best products.  If you use chocolate to make sure to get great quality.  Dark chocolate is always better to use for baking.
2. Mix the "wet" parts and the "dry" parts.  Always mix together butter, sugar, eggs, the "wet" parts. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and if needed, nuts together.  Then fold the "dry" parts into the "wet" parts.
3. Always, and I mean "ALWAYS", use butter when baking. Margarine just does not cut it!

And let's get started!  In my next posts, I will share with you how to make my delicious Linzer cookies based on a family recipe you won't find anywhere else.

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Cookies that change your mind: The Walnut Chocolate Cookie

Everybody likes this cookie. Two classic sugar cookies are filled with chocolate crème and sandwiched together; the topside has a sugar glazing and a slice of walnut. (I add a little bit of Bacardi or whiskey to the chocolate crème).

For the sugar cookie dough:
Mix together the “wet parts”:
200-gram butter (sweet)
130-gram powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
Add 380-gram flour (the “dry part”) into the “wet part”
Let dough rest for 2 hours or overnight
For the chocolate crème mix together:
100-gram butter
100 dark chocolate, melted
200-gram powdered sugar
For the sugar glazing:
Beat 2 egg whites until stiff, add 300-gram powdered sugar
Take a quarter of the dough, roll it out flat on a floured surface and cut cookie with your cookie cutter. Put cookies on baking sheet (use parchment paper so that cookies won't stick) and bake at 315 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool off.
Spread chocolate filling on both sides of the cookie’s backside. Sandwich cookies together. Spread sugar glazing on the top half, add a slice of walnut. Let dry overnight. Viola, these are great!
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