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.