I found that these tasty, crispy-tender hazelnut star cookies needed to “set” a bit after being put together with the jam (even overnight). So this morning when I was having coffee … oh my, well you get the idea …
Hazelnut Star Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Icing sugar for dusting
- Filling of your choice. I used the crabapple jelly I made this summer.
- Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts with 1/4 cup of the flour mixture until fine. Add remaining flour mixture and pulse, then add the butter, and pulse once again to combine into coarse crumbs.*
- Place in a bowl and use a fork to blend in egg yolks and vanilla until the dough comes together.**
- Shape into two disks, wrap in parchment, and let chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Remove one disk from fridge and roll between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/8 inch thickness. If it's too stiff to roll, let it sit for a few minutes.
- Leave the dough on the parchment, and set it on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes or more.
- Remove from fridge and cut with cookie cutters. Place on another parchment lined cookie sheet and cut out the centres from every second cookie.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350F.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Dust tops of the star-shaped cookies with icing sugar.
- Put filling on bottom cookie, and gently set the star cookie on top. Don't press or it will break.
- Let sit for at least a couple of hours or even over night.
*I don't have a "real" food processor so I used my trusty (vintage) pastry cutter and it worked just fine.**I also found that once the butter and egg were added, I had to (gently) knead the dough to get it to come together (very similar to making pie crust).
*recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
*recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
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Barb, I don’t know which looks more delicious your cookies or your photographs. You and Martha make a great team….
congrats to your winner!
Sherri B. says
They sound delicious…and what a gift you have for presentation. Absolutely gorgeous photos!!
Sarah C says
Yes, you are giving Martha a run for her money! They look gorgeous! Can’t wait for my package. You are the best!
Barbara Hurst says
This is my favorite cookie, always get it when I go to a really good bakery. Yours looks great and professional as well as your photographs.
You’ve just outdone even Martha!! Your photography is just gorgeous, and I love the bead board and top down…well all of them!! Plus the cookies are just beautiful, almost too pretty to eat! Lovely, so lovely!!
Terri Porter says
Oh, my gosh, Barb, these are so exquisitely gorgeous that I am drooling right onto my keyboard! I want to go and make some right now! Martha may have the corner on the recipe but I’ll bet she couldn’t take a glamour shot of them the way you can!
I’m drooling over your fab photos of your delicious looking cookies !
Your cookies look lovely! These are one of my favorites to bake too, although I don’t add the hazelnuts (I think my grandma sometimes used to add them). I made some over Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to make more for Christmas! Yours are beautiful! :)
just came to congratulate you on these truly wonderful photos…
Such a nice atmosphere on them – true winter…
Cathy H. says
Your photos are simply beautiful and your cookies look delicious!
Donna Hopkins says
Barb, Your photographs could easily grace the pages of any Martha Stewart publication! The fact that you can make these beautiful cookies and then photograph them in such an artful manner is a testament to your talent! They look delicious – wouldn’t last a minute in our home! Thank you for the holiday inspiration and a peek into your kitchen. Oh, and I don’t own a food processor either (don’t want one more appliance that does little other than sit and clutter my kitchen), but my pastry cutter is at the ready!
So pretty Barb and I love your header! I am rarely on the laptop this is the first chance I have had to see it.