The following recipe was developed by Darla Sawnson, pasty chef at Atwater's, a
popular Portland restaurant. The pasty chef likes to "half dip" the cookies in
bittersweet chocolate! The second version, cut thicker into a
shortbread style and dipped in hazelnuts, is also delicious!
My daughter makes these delicious shortbread cookies every Christmas for our family. They are easy to make, yet elegant and delicious.
Check out her culinary web site called
Cookie Recipes and
Secrets To Making Perfect Cookies. Also learn
How To Have A Successful Holiday Cookie Exchange or Cookie Swap.
Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe:
Yields: makes many
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated
2 tablespoons genuine maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose
1 1/4 cups roasted hazelnuts (filberts), chopped*
4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet
1 teaspoon butter or
* To roast hazelnuts:
Spread shelled nuts in a shallow pan and roast in a 275 degree F. oven for
approximately 20 to 30 minutes or until skins crack. Remove from heat.
Remove skins by rubbing warm hazelnuts in a towel. Coarsely chop hazelnuts
(do not put in food processor); set aside.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, lightly beat butter; add sugar and beat thoroughly.
In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup and vanilla extract together; add to butter mixture, scraping down sides of bowl. Mix in flour just until blended;
bowl and refrigerate until dough is firm. Remove from refrigerator and roll into logs. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-in slices and place 2-inches apart on ungreased
baking sheets. If you desire, roll dough out on a lightly floured board and use cookie cutters to cut desires shapes.
Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks.
Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
While the shortbread cools melt the chocolate and butter or shortening in a
stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Remove from heat.
one side of the cookie into the chocolate; place back on cookie sheet to harden. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Variation: For a delectable option, change butter measurement to 3/4 cup
and add 1/4 cup Oregon hazelnut butter. This decreases the amount of
saturated fat in the recipe and increases the wonderful flavor of hazelnuts.