Yes, it is that time of year! Actually it has been for a while, I am just really behind this year when it comes to holiday baking. Here are my first cookies of the season. After another gingerbread debacle (will be sharing that story tomorrow) I gave up on that holiday treat and decided to focus on something I do pretty well… cookies!
As usual, when baking cookies, you begin by creaming butter and sugar together. In this case, 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter with 1/2 cup sugar. Then you beat it an egg. Stir in a couple of drops of almond extract to add some nutty flavour.
Sift in 1 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp of salt and some freshly grated nutmeg.
I like to use my mini scoop to make the 1″ balls but you can use a tablespoon. Roll into a ball.
I toasted some hazelnut pieces on the stovetop but as I rolled the cookies in the nuts I realized I had to break them down a little more, they were too big! You need to squeeze them onto the cookie to make them stick. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet two inches apart at 350F for 15 minutes or more, until lightly browned. Let cool on cooling rack.
These are quite tasty! Perfect for the person who loves hazelnuts. They are a bit dry so they are best to be eaten with a big mug of tea. I thought these were fantastic with a small dollop of Nutella on top but shhh… don’t tell anyone!
The crazy season of baking has begun! This was a nice way to begin the madness.
Debra She Who Seeks says
I was going to suggest Nutella too!!!! The magic ingredient!
I love holiday baking! There is like less then 2 weeks till Christmas and I/m still trying to squeeze in some more Christmas baking. But recently catching a cold hasn’t helped, trying to fight it off!
I would love to taste them. I baked 7 kinds of cookies already this year. Will be baking some more next week.
They look fantastic and yes, Nutella would so work with these. I’m not nearly done baking what I should have by now, lucky my 3 helpers will be off next week, I think we’re going to get busy in the kitchen and my stand mixer will be working overtime LOL.