I love this Christmas cookie recipe and I’m very excited to share it with all of you! It was given to me by my German mother-in-law and is one of my all time favorites to snack on during the holidays. The first time I tried her hazelnut cookies I just couldn’t get enough. I made a few tweaks from her recipe as some items are not sold in the States but I was still able to keep it simple with only six ingredients.
It may look like a lot of steps, but the recipe is actually quite easy. The only step I urge everyone to follow is to chill the dough before rolling out, as it is butter-based. Also, make sure you dust your work surface and the top of the dough with flour. Happy baking, but I have to excuse myself now because I must eat another cookie!
Christmas Hazelnut Cookies Recipe
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup vanilla sugar (you can also use raw cane or regular sugar and a dash of vanilla)
1 stick butter, cold and cubed
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Grind hazelnuts in a food processor or blender (or use store bought). Use a stand mixer or a bowl with your hands, knead all the ingredients to a dough. Allow the dough to cool in the fridge. On a clean surface or on top of plastic wrap, roll the dough out thinly with a rolling pin. Flour the surface and the top of the dough to easily roll. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Make sure the dough is cold, if not it will be difficult to cut the cookie shapes. Bake for about 12-15 minutes on parchment paper.
Allow the cookies to cool. Top one cookie with Nutella and glue together with another cookie. I like to put some Nutella in a bowl in a hot water bath so it gets soft and easier to spread.
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: Makes 15-20 cookies
December 19, 2011
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