Italian sandwich cookies
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5 from 2 votes

Occhio di Bue / Italian Sandwich Cookies

Italian Sandwich Cookies a thin buttery cookie filled with your favorite filling, from a creamy Hazelnut filling to your favourite jam.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cookies, Occhi di Bue, sandwich cookie,
Servings: 27 cookies
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter chopped (110 grams)
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (96 grams)
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 1/2 cup Nutella (more or less)
  • 1/4 cup Jam of choice (more or less)
  • powdered sugar for dusting



  • Using either a (Food Processor, stand up mixer or by hand) add the flour and salt to the bowl, make a well in the flour and add the eggs, lightly mix (pulse, with a fork or beat just to wet the flour), add the sugar and mix, then add the chopped butter and mix to form a smooth compact dough, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Remove from the fridge and knead a few times to soften up the dough. Using a small round cutter (1.5 inches / 4 cm) or glass form cookies slightly thicker than pie dough (1/8 inch see photo).  Leave half the cutouts whole and the other half cut out a small form in the middle (heart, round shape, star etc*). 
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees celsius). Line 2-3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place cut out circles on a parchment paper lined cookie sheets and refrigerate approximately 15 minutes while oven is heating.
  • Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until very lightly golden. Let cool completely , dust the cut out cookie with icing sugar if desired. Place filling (1 teaspoon more or less of desired filling) on whole cookie and cover with the cut out cookie. Serve. Enjoy!

*Be sure to bake the small cut out forms on a separate cookie sheet because they only take about 5-6 minutes to bake.


    Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.7mg