Big News & Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

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I’m back! I think my last post was on Halloween??? Sorry for the major vacation. I have a very good excuse though… we’re having a baby!!!! The hubby and I are very very excited and feel very blessed about our little bun-in-the-oven. I’m 18 weeks along and feel much better than I did during the first trimester. I was not baking at all and barely cooking throughout the majority of November. Since I’m in my 2nd trimester, I feel much better and have a little more pep-in-my-step (although I could always use more!).
I have been baking Christmas cookies throughout December, but I decided to hold off blogging about them because I’ve blogged about them before. However, I did try baking a new cookie this year called Hazelnut Shortbread. I’m always intimidated to bake shortbread because it calls for so much butter and sugar, but it’s Christmastime, so excessive calories are justified. I love anything hazelnut and if you’re like me, you’ll def love these cookies. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (you could use white chocolate as well)

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour and hazelnuts; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness. Use floured cookie cutter of choice and place on ungreased baking sheets, 1″ apart.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before moving cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips until smooth. Drizzle over cookies and allow to set. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 3.5 dozen cookies

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7 responses to “Big News & Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

  1. Mom

    Wow Kar, these look scrumptous. Dad and I can’t wait for your “bun in the oven” to arrive. It’s going to be an exciting spring. Merry Christmas to all!!
    Love you,

  2. Andrea Brim

    Hi Kara,

    Big congratulations to you and Dan!!! You are going to have so much fun with your little one.
    These cookies look delicious. Thanks for posting.
    Andrea

  3. Jennfier M.

    Congratulations Kara!! How exciting!

  4. Hi Kara, I’m so excited for you and Dan! it will be so much fun for you and your sorella’s children to grow up together! And, once more, I’ll be a great-great aunt!
    Love from your mom’s Aunt Joyce

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