After months of summertime weather in October and November here in Italy the rain has started, so what to do? Bake cookies of course, I have been busy making and baking cookies this weekend preparing for Christmas and Homemade Cookie gifts for friends and family. I like to choose cookies to make that I know will freeze really well and these Hazelnut Snowball Cookies certainly do.
Hazelnut Snowball Cookies
Hazelnut Snowball Cookies are based on a cookie my mother used to bake. I adjusted the recipe a bit so that they would hold up a bit better instead of flattening out. It worked perfectly.
A quick and easy shortbread based dough with ground hazelnuts. I rolled them in powdered sugar before baking and then I sprinkled them again with powdered sugar after they cooled. The Italian decided some should be sprinkled with cocoa after he had eaten 4. Good idea!
I have to tell you these Hazelnut Snowball Cookies never made it to the freezer, they were gone in minutes. I guess that means I will just have to make more. Enjoy!
An easy delicious Christmas melt in your mouth Christmas cookie recipe, the perfect simple yummy cookie.
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- Powdered sugar and or unsweetened cocoa for rolling and sprinkling
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt and ground hazelnuts, add butter and vanilla. Start to bring together with a fork, then move to a lightly floured flat surface and gently knead to form a dough. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.
Pre-heat oven to 350°. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Roll dough into small balls (a little smaller than golf ball size) roll in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheets. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar or cocoa. Enjoy!