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Hazelnut cookies… a true love

I like cookies, I like the idea, I like the various shapes, but I’m not a big fan of the dryness which usually comes with them and at the same time I’m very fussy about flavours and textures. Nevertheless, I love making cookies, it’s relaxing and cosy, and I usually love offering them to friends and colleagues, don’t know why ; )

However, when it comes to hazelnuts, there’s the exception to the rule… I can’t resist! There’s like an endless love story between hazelnuts and me. It all started decades ago when, in my childhood, I gave up my usual pink strawberry ice-cream and, following my parents example, I turned to the brown and seriously heavenly hazelnut ice-cream… and that was love at first sight or, if you prefer, love at first scoop ; )

So, here is one of my hazelnut cookies recipes, one of the easiest and most delicious ones in which the amazing hazelnut flavour is not overpowered by butter nor other ingredients.
One more thing: Isn’t that cookie stamp lovely?!”

Hazelnut cookies
(30-35 cookies)

230 gr plain flour
100 gr unsalted butter
100 gr hazelnuts
50 gr dark chocolate, chopped
45 gr brown sugar
45 gr caster sugar
1 organic free-range egg
salt, a pinch

  • Toast hazelnuts in a shallow baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove any loose skins and cool to room temperature.
  • Pulse nuts and sugar in a food processor until finely ground.
  • In a food processor, or in a mixer, place sifted flour, a pinch of salt and cold butter cut into small pieces (at this stage the butter hasn’t to be soft).
  • Process just until the mix texture resembles breadcrumbs. Add sugar, nuts, chocolate and mix for a few seconds.
  • Toss in the beaten egg and process until the butter is well combined.
  • Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface and press it together.
  • Cover the dough with cling film and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Position 2 racks to the center of the oven and preheat to 180.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking mats.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 0,5 cm. If the dough seems to be cracking, push it back into place and continue rolling.
  • Cut out disks with a cookie cutter. Transfer to the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges just start to colour.
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


20 Comments

  • 1
    March 12, 2012 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Lovely cookies! Just irresistible.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • 2
      March 13, 2012 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

      thank you Rosa, I hope you’re getting well! :)

  • 3
    March 12, 2012 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    these look absolutely lovely, katia! i’ll definitely have to try ‘em soon.

  • 4
    March 13, 2012 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Amy, I’m glad you like them… they’re easy to make and addictive : )

  • 5
    March 14, 2012 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    That cookie stamp is wonderful! I can’t resist hazelnuts either, especially when paired with a lovely cookie like this.

    • 6
      March 14, 2012 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sylvie, so you’re a hazelnut lover like me : )

  • 7
    March 14, 2012 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    I had to comment after seeing the picture on Pinterest! How adorable is that cookie stamp. My boys get a real kick out of it when their cookies say “Home Made” don’t know why, lol. In fact, the entire range by Suck UK is adorable. Huge fan! Your recipe looks fantastic and the photos are lovely :-)

    • 8
      March 18, 2012 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you’ve seen these cookies on Pinterest and so happy you liked them!
      That stamp, as you can imagine, is one of my favourite tools ; )

  • 9
    March 14, 2012 - 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh I totally agree! I’m not a huge cookie lover but adore hazelnuts. Especially in gelato!

    • 10
      March 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Julie, hazelnut gelato is the best ice-cream ever , no doubts! : )

  • 11
    Sandy
    March 14, 2012 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    They’re really cute! :)

  • 13
    March 16, 2012 - 5:25 am | Permalink

    I adore cookies and these look incredible!

  • 14
    March 18, 2012 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Angie!
    Actually I’m not a big fan of cookies but these are my favourite ones…

  • 15
    March 24, 2012 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    These are just gorgeous!!! And they must be as delicious as they are picture perfect :) Thanks for sharing this favorite~

  • 16
    March 29, 2012 - 10:05 pm | Permalink

    As soon as I saw the image I knew I had to have one of those cutters! I’ve just ordered one on Amazon – can’t wait to make the cookies now!

  • 17
    April 5, 2012 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I also just got one of those stamps and love it. I am going to have to give this recipe a try (and stamp it).

  • 18
    April 7, 2012 - 9:09 am | Permalink

    Enjoy your stamp and your baking Pamela, thank you for stopping by!

  • 19
    April 21, 2012 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Aww I love your cookie cutter! I wish I care less about cookies. I don’t even bake often but when I do… I become a cookie monster! >_< I love hazelnut too! Looks delicious!

  • 20
    September 24, 2012 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    The cookies not only look delicious but are beautiful. Where did you get that cookie stamp? I love it!

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