Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (2024)

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Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe - perfect for the Holidays! These Christmas cookies have a perfect texture - crumbly and buttery, they just melt in your mouth.

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (1)

This recipe is ridiculously easy: only 5 ingredients. The hazelnut cookies are phenomenal! You'd be thinking you're eating a very special cookie, and not something that you just whipped up in 20 minutes. Of course, in a large part, we have to thank hazelnuts for the deliciousness of this recipe - they really make these shortbread cookies so ... what's the word? ... hazelnutty. Dusted with powdered sugar they become perfection.

Your Christmas cookie tray is not complete without these hazelnut cookies. It is also not complete without pecan shortbread cookies, or amaretto shortbread cookies, or cranberry noels.

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (2)

The cookies have the consistency of crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, with a distinctive hazelnut flavor. Perfect to serve as a little dessert alongside a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of milk. It's a highly unassuming cookie, very easy to make - just make sure to chill the dough before baking, and you should be all set. Also, the cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap can be kept frozen up to a month.

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (3)

4.70 from 96 votes

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These hazelnut shortbread cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie box. The cookies have the consistency of crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, with a distinctive hazelnut flavor.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 30 cookies

Calories per serving 63 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Toast raw hazelnuts at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Cool the nuts to room temperature, then husk them by rubbing a handful of hazelnuts between your hands. This should do a pretty good job of getting rid of most of the skins. Some will remain – that’s OK.

  • To make finely ground nuts, place toasted and husked hazelnuts and ¼ cup sugar into food processor and process until finely ground.

  • Add ¾ cup and 2 tablespoons of flour and a pinch of salt to the food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and process until dough forms, scraping the sides of the food processor bowl with spatula if necessary. The dough will be soft.

  • On a flour-dusted surface, roll dough into 2 logs, each about 1 inch wide. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and place wrapped cookie dough in the freezer for 30 minutes, then in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit.

  • After cookie dough has been in the freezer and in the refrigerator, unwrap plastic and slice each log into thin cookie slices.

  • Place cookie slices on a parchment-lined ungreased baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.

  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes, don’t let the cookies get brown.

  • Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, after that transfer cookies to wire rack to continue cooling. Using sifter, sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar.

  • Store cookies in airtight container – they can last about 2 weeks.

Notes

The recipe is adapted from Epicurious

Nutrition

Nutrition Information

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Amount per Serving

Calories

63

% Daily Value*

Fat

4

g

6

%

Cholesterol

8

mg

3

%

Potassium

16

mg

%

Carbohydrates

5

g

2

%

Sugar

2

g

2

%

Vitamin A

95

IU

2

%

Vitamin C

0.2

mg

%

Calcium

4

mg

%

Iron

0.3

mg

2

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. It should not be used as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Keyword hazelnut cookies, holiday shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies

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  1. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (4)Larry

    “They can last for a week.”
    Are you kidding?
    In my house these last a day at the most.
    Thank you for the great recipe.

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (5)Julia

      Ha-ha-ha! Larry, you made me laugh really hard!

      Reply

  2. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (6)Martine

    These were easy to make and they were delicious.
    Merci beaucoup Julia

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (7)Julia

      Martine, so glad you loved these cookies! 🙂

      Reply

  3. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (8)Kat

    Hi, could I use spelt flour instead of all-purpose?

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (9)Julia

      Kat, yes you can - without changing quantities!

      Reply

      • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (10)Kat

        Great, thank you!

        Reply

        • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (11)Julia

          Enjoy!

          Reply

  4. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (12)Ian

    Made in Vitamix and froze dough for 20 minutes. Whipped these up for a late night craving. Super good. Will make again.

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (13)Julia

      Ian, I am so glad the recipe was success!

      Reply

      • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (14)Christie Hume

        Hi,
        I purchased hazelnut meal instead. Can this be used measuring 2oz of meal and no other adjustments? This recipe looks so yummy.

        Reply

        • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (15)Julia

          Christie, I think that should work!

          Reply

        • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (16)Desirae

          Hi! I also have a bunch of ground hazelnut meal. Did this work in the recipe?

          Reply

  5. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (17)Michelle

    These did not work for me. I've made a lot of shortbread and worked with tricky doughs, but this was a disaster. No matter how cold the dough was, it crumbled while cutting.

    Reply

  6. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (18)Trish

    Will love to make this recipe …
    I was wondering what’s the amount of butter in cups? Please HELP ME !

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (19)Julia

      4 oz of butter is 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons or 1 stick of butter. Hope this helps and enjoy the recipe, it's delicious!

      Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (20)Holly

      I made these and found out that one stick of butter is 4 ounces

      Reply

  7. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (21)Emily

    Hi! Could I use a blender instead of a food processor for this recipe? It looks delicious!

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (22)Amy T

      I used a blender. Didn’t work great bc it sticks in the bottom and hard to scrape up bc it’s a stiff dough. I ended up transferring it to finish in my stand mixer. lol. The food processor is the smartest fastest option.

      Reply

      • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (23)Julia

        Amy, great feedback! Thank you!

        Reply

        • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (24)Jan Scott

          Fantastic recipe, have made it lots of times, just keep logs in the freezer until ready to cook!

          Reply

          • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (25)Julia

            Jan, thank you so much for such a generous comment! Glad you've enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  8. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (26)Nancy Raisanen

    One of the best shortbread I've ever made. Now in my recipe box.

    Reply

    • Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (27)Julia

      Hi all

      Anyone have any ideas as to why my biscuit Dough is hard to cut and the biscuit spreads a lot? I am using very chilled dough

      Reply

  9. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies Recipe (28)Jan Scott

    Hi, made these and they were so light and buttery and disappeared very quickly. I have a family member who can’t tolerate gluten, could I make using GF flour?

    Reply

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