X’mas Hazelnut Cookies (Dolcetti alle Nocciole)

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The Christmas season is heralded in my house with the inebriating smell of sweet treats baking in the oven, may they be my almond pastries, favoured by my boys for their resemblance with Rudolph’s red, shiny nose, or my dad’s morsel of choice, soft hazelnut cookies. These rustic looking nuggets are simply irresistible and they can happily carry you throughout your busy festive day: perfectly dunked in your morning coffee, afternoon tea or after dinner digestivo, they are sure to become your new best friend. The fact that they are rolled and baked in under 30 minutes will make them highly addictive…You are warned!

INGREDIENTS, makes 20

2 egg whites

1 cup of hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)

1-1/2 cup of icing sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies in

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, or the seeds from half vanilla bean

HOW TO

1. Heat up your oven to 180 C (350 F)

2. Mix egg whites, gournd hazelnut, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl until a thick paste forms.

3. Pinch off small bits of paste to shape balls the size of a large walnut.

4. Generously roll the balls in plenty of icing sugar.

5. Place the cookies, well distanced apart, onto an oven tray lined with baking paper.

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6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cracked and beautifully puffed up.

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Cool at room temperature and merrily consume with glee.

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21 thoughts on “X’mas Hazelnut Cookies (Dolcetti alle Nocciole)

  1. Silvia, These look beautiful! And, so simple to make. We can’t use almonds because of my son’s allergy, but hazelnuts are OK. Ground hazelnuts are easy to find here in Switzerland, so I throw them in oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and more. So happy to have found your blog. Many thanks, Heddi

  2. Thanks Silvia, a wonderfully quick recipe. They are currently baking in oven and smell wonderful. Hoping to give them as gifts for Christmas, but not sure if they’ll make it out the front door!

  3. Have just taken them out of the oven and need to store them until Tuesday, what do you suggest ? So easy and they look amazing , thank you !

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