Monday, October 17, 2011

Nuts to You Hazelnut Sandies

If you've ever found yourself at either Sam's or Costco, chances are you've seen those very large containers of mixed nuts.  My husband buys these with reckless abandon.  Unfortunately he really doesn't like mixed nuts, what he likes are cashews and pecans.  The other nuts in the mix -- almonds, hazelnuts, and Brazil nuts, he carefully extracts and places in their own, labeled, individual containers.  He then places these containers into the corner cabinet and forgets about them.  When they start stacking up like cord wood and begin to fall onto my head whenever I reach for a set of mixing cups, I know it's time to take action.  

I use almonds frequently for green beans amandine.  I use all almonds and Brazil nuts when I make granola -- delicious!  The hazelnuts, however, tend to get overlooked.  So today with all of the excitement of the Cardinals winning the National League Championship, and the newly adopted Rally Squirrel mascot, I felt a cookie was in order, so created these.  I could tell they were a success when a friend of ours came for dinner and gobbled up half of the plate, and this was before I dipped one side in chocolate.  They are easy to make, the dough rolls out very well (particularly with my new marble rolling pin -- thanks, Carol!), and they won't last long, so don't worry about having too many.  

Oh...GO CARDS!!!

Image from Rally Squirrel T-shirt available at Dierbergs markets.

 Nuts to You Hazelnut Sandies

2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
2 Tablespoons whole milk
2 cups hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 400F. Put the hazelnuts into the work bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.  Check periodically and don't overdo it or you'll end up with hazelnut butter.  Pour the ground hazelnuts onto a foil-lined baking sheet and toast them for 5 to 10 minutes, until they start  to brown. Remove and set aside.

Reduce the heat of the oven to 325F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. Add the butter and cut in using a pastry blender or two knives until the pieces are the size of peas.  Turn mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the hazelnuts and mix together on medium speed.  Slowly pour the milk into the bowl and mix only until a dough forms.  DO NOT OVER MIX!  If you do, the cookies will be tough. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 3/8" thickness and cut the cookies with a 2 or 3-inch round cutter.  The number of cookies you get from this mixture will vary depending upon the size of the cutter and thickness of the dough. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-19 minutes until the edges are golden. Dust powdered sugar on the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven, and again while they are still warm.

This post is linked to:
Your Recipe...My Kitchen
Tasty Tuesdays
Tuesdays at the Table
Delicious Dishes
Tasty Tuesday
Tuesday Night Supper Club
Made From Scratch Tuesday
Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday
Real Food Wednesday
Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits
Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Crazy Sweet Tuesdays


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Pattie, I awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. Go check out my post to read about it. Congratulations!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Hazelnut cookies, yum. Sorting the nuts, sounds like something I would do! ;)

I host a Tuesday linky and would love for you to join sometime! (Crazy Sweet Tuesdays)

Tracy's Living Cookbook said...

I have a big crush on that Rally Squirrel.... :) Go Cards!

Winnie said...

exactly what I was looking for

~~louise~~ said...

I adore hazelnuts in cookies even more than I like cashews and I LOVE cashews. I may just bake these up for National Nut Day, October 22nd.

Thanks for sharing, Patti...

~~louise~~ said...

You didn't tell me you were famous!!!! I just read this article about you and, I'm going to make it a feature in today's Edible Celebrations Daily!!!

Mary said...

My hubby cherry picks the nuts too, but he's not so considerate to label & separate them for me :) I have no doubt I'd be nuts over your cookies~ ESPECIALLY dipped in chocolate!


Great idea! We don't really like to eat the hazelnuts either. Next time....we will just set them aside and make some cookies. Sorry I can't get on board with the Cardinal thing though. I live in Texas and not too far from the Ballpark at ARlington...haha.

Unknown said...

these cookies are gorgeous and perfect for fall. YUM! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club--its about time i popped over to say thanks!