I don't know why, but a while back I thought it was the best idea to buy a 1 pound bag of blanched hazelnuts. Whatever the reasoning was, I'm glad I bought them. Because after staring at me for long, waiting to be used, I finally used them. And yum! I'm very happy that I used some of the hazelnuts for this recipe. These tea cookies are crisp, nutty and not overwhelming sweet. I toasted the hazelnuts in a pan and I loved how the aroma filled up the entire place. There is something comforting about the scent of hazelnuts. I just love them.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup powered sugar, plus additional for coating
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 3/4 cups hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and salt and whisk until evenly combined; set aside.
2. Place softened butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Turn the mixer to medium and add sugar and vanilla, once incorporated turn the mixer back to medium-high and continue to mix until whipped and light, about 2 more minutes.
4. Add half of the nuts and mix until evenly incorporated, about 1 minute. Add flour and mix until well combined, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining nuts.
5. Shape dough into 1 tablespoons balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet, space them about 1 inch apart as they will spread a little bit.
|Hazelnut Cookies just out of the Oven|
6. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until underside of cookies are brown, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cooling rack.
7. While cookies are cooling, place some powdered sugar in a bowl. Once cookies have cooled, roll them in the powered sugar until coated and tap off excess. Let cool completely and re-coat in powdered sugar, tapping off excess sugar.
*note* If cookies are not cooled, the powered sugar will melt onto them and you will have pasty fingers, not fun.
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