Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hazelnut Tea Cookies

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. 

Keep reading for the recipe.....


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.

Need more desserts in your life?

Mini Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
Blueberry Pie
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  1. They look so delicious!!

  2. These look really good. They look like Mexican wedding cookies. YUM!