When it comes to Christmas cookies I either like something covered and filled with chocolate – or the extreme opposite: simple and without fuzz. I guess I only like to put in the extra work if there’s chocolate involved.
So if you’re looking for an easy yet delicious recipe I can highly recommend this one for hazelnut Christmas cookies. Because the hazelnut is roasted they taste more special than they look. I hesitated a little when I saw them but I didn’t regret eating one, two, three too many.
As they’re real simple, they go perfect with your cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate or whatever you prefer to drink after a long walk in the cold.
Isn’t that the best feeling? Coming home with cold feet and hands and warming them on a big cup with a few cookies on the side?
Who does not love winter for that?
- 2 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 10 g Vanille sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 4 g cinnamon
- 300 g butter (at room temperature)
- 300 g powder sugar
- 300 g flour
- 300 g roasted and grated hazelnuts
- roasted and chopped hazelnuts (for the topping)
- powder sugar with cinnamon for dusting
- Combine the egg with the yolks, Vanille sugar, salz and cinnamon.
- Mix the butter with the powder sugar until it has a smooth consistency.
- Add the eggs and flour and grated hazelnuts and combine well.
- Put it in the fridge to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
- Roll the dough onto your flour dusted work place to the thickness of 1 cm.
- Coat the squares with a thin layer of whisked egg and sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts on top.
- Cut the dough into squares of 2,5 x 2,5 cm and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 mins or until golden.
- Dust with the powder cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.
I love the simplicity of these cookies. They can easily be made with kids as well (no, still don’t have any kids. But as a friend just told me “One does not immediately recognize that you don’t have kids” – Uhm. Thanks. I guess?!)
Well anyway: The chopped hazelnuts on top just give that extra texture that makes them stand out.
I first cut these hazelnut Christmas cookies much too big: about 3,5 cm. They haven’t been eaten as fast as the other cookies on the plate because of that. In every case I’d opt for smaller cookies and have seconds (or thirds or …) rather than having one cookie and spoiling my appetite.
The taste is really good though and so I’m just making them a little smaller the next time. I adjusted the recipe for you accordingly.
Now. Carry on!