Delicious crispy and melt in your mouth Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies, made with toasted hazelnuts and only 4 ingredients!
If you are a shortbread cookie fan and love Hazelnuts, then you will LOVE this recipe. Not only this recipe requires only four ingredients but it is also super easy (and fun) to make.
And guess what? If you are NOT a hazelnut fan you will still love this recipe. Just drop the nuts and follow the recipe. Or replace the hazelnuts with your choice of nuts, for example, almonds or pecans.
This recipe is a great example of how I am using the Baking Ration Chart. To get a copy, click HERE.
What Ingredients Are In These Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies:
- Toasted Hazelnuts
- AP Flour
- Butter, the butter should be “Playable” which means that the butter is soft like play dough so when pressed it does not lose its shape.
Even though I used Nutella to fill the cookies I am not listing it as an ingredients for a few reasons. Firstly, you can use whatever brand you like. Secondly, you can playground and have fun with the flavors, for example you can add 1/8 tsp of nutmeg and raspberries preserve. But you can skip the filling and just enjoy the cookie as is.
How To Make These Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies:
Place the hazelnut in the food processor and process for about 8 seconds then add the sugar and process again for additional 10 seconds. It should resemble a coarse meal. Add the flour and butter and process again just until a dough is formed.
Empty the bowl on a clean work surface and press the dough together with your hand. Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll to 1/4″ thick. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F and line two baking pans with parchment paper. Use a 2″ cookie cutter to cut the rolled dough, place on the lined pans, and bake.
Please know that you can make this recipe using a food processor or using a bowl and a pastry cutter/your hands. If you would like to use a standing mixer, make sure the butter is soft, but please note the cookie might lose some of its tenderness.
Few Important Notes About Cutting the Dough:
- The dough is very crumbly and can break easily so please be gentle when handling it. Also, if the dough starts to warm up, you may need to use an offset spatula to lift it and place it on the pan.
- When cutting the “window” I recommend to cut the small shape first then cut the large one around it in order to avoid it from breaking.
Baking And Cooling The Cookies:
350F on the middle oven shelf, for about 10-12 minutes. The cookies are ready when they have a very light golden color. I will add and say that it is a bit hard to tell when the cookies are ready as the color changes very slightly and you can not lift them until they get cool. But truth to be told is that since there is no egg/liquids/baking powder in the cookies they should be done and crispy even if you do not notice any color change. Make sure to check that the cookies are not over-baked halfway through baking time since every oven is different.
Most experienced bakers use their noises to tell if the cake/cookies are ready. When your kitchen starts to smell like sweet hazelnut goodness, you know that the cookies are about done!
Once you removed the cookies from the oven, allow 10 minutes for the cookies to cool. If you try to move or hold them too soon the will break as they have yet to set.
Filling and Storing The Cookies:
If you chose to fill the cookies with something other than Chocolate filling, I recommend that you do so as close to serving time as possible since the filling might soften the cookies.
The cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 7 days, or In the refrigerator for up to two weeks. (serve at room temperature)
One more thing…
Don’t forget to tag @OneSarcasticBaker on Instagram if you bake this recipe. I would love to see your creations!
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PIN FOR LATER
Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies
- 1 1/2 Cup AP Flour (170 g / 6 oz)
- 1/2 Cup Hazelnuts Toasted and peeled (56 g / 2 oz)
- 1 Stick Unsalted Butter, playable (113 g / 4 oz)
- 1/4 Cup Sugar (56 g / 2 oz)
- 1 Cup Hazelnut Spread
Place Hazelnut in a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
Add flour, butter and sugar and pulse until a ball of dough is formed.
Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/4" thick and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. (or overnight)
Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Remove dough from the refrigerator use a cookie-cutter to cut cookies.
Cut half of the circles with 1/2" circles in the center.
Bake for 10-12 minutes on the middle rack. The cookies are ready when the sides are golden and are puffed in the center.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Spread 1 tsp of Hazelnut spread on half the cookies, dust the rest of the cookies with confectionary sugar and place on top to create a sandwich cookie.