Every holiday season it never fails, I have a childhood memory that haunts me. It’s the memory of these little delicious white powdery cookies whose taste I’ve been looking for but unable to find. My friend’s mom, who I’ve known since way back in the day when we were Brownies, is the wonderful woman responsible for this memory. I was soo excited when I received the message from Heather with the recipe. Now mind you, I am no chef of any kind, so this was kind of a big deal for me…making and baking cookies from scratch, but I was all in and Sean was willing to help. Woo hoo!
First I had to find Hazelnuts, as known as Filberts in certain circles, which wasn’t the easiest task. Happy that I finally found them and all of the other ingredients I needed, on Christmas Eve of course, we got started.
1 ½ cups hazelnuts
1 cup sifted flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup soft butter
¼ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the Hazelnuts in the oven for a bit and then peel their skins. (We found this on the internet as a best practice.)
Heat the oven to 375.
Blender grind hazelnuts very fine, then pour into mixing bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients except for the confectioners’ sugar to nuts and mix thoroughly.
Refrigerate dough for at least half an hour.
After refrigeration, form dough into 1 inch balls and place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until set, but not brown.
Cool partially on cooling rack and roll cooked dough balls in confectioners’ sugar while still warm.
Re-roll after fully cooled.
Ta Da! I did it! Thanks Heather, they were awesome and just as good as I remember them being. I think the only thing I would do different next year is to take them out at 15 minutes. I left them in for about 17 minutes and a couple had hints of brown spots. I was also surprised at how many cookies the one batch made.
We had a great 2011 and are really looking forward to a fantastic 2012. Thank you to all of our amazing clients. It was a pleasure photographing you and your families.
May the light inside you shine brighter then you ever thought possible.
Happy New Year!! -The Feeney’s