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German Hazelnut Cookies

These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. Hazelnut and Chocolate are the perfect pair. The picture is of the cookie filled with chocolate that has not set yet.
  • 1 cup hazelnuts finely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Beat butter and sugar together until light.
  2. Add egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. blend in flour and hazelnut.
  4. Form into 1" balls and make an indent on the center with a wooden spoon.
  5. Bake on a greased baking sheet @ 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cookies should look light in color.
  6. Fill the center with melted semi sweet chocolate.


  1. Oooh, I LOVE hazelnuts! I will have to give these a try! I wonder if it'd be too much to put a dollop of Nutella in the center instead of melted chocolate? I {heart} Nutella (and the size of my backside shows it!)

  2. I used to make this too - but we call them thumbprint cookies

  3. Another great looking cookie. The list of new cookie recipes is getting longer daily. Oh me, oh my.

  4. Well, those look yummy! I'm up for trying something new this year!


  5. Hazelnut and Chocolate? That's the best.
    I've got all those ingredients in my house right now...I will add that to my list for today.

  6. I agree with Tammy, right away I thought I would add Nutella instead. Yummy!

  7. These sound so good - will add them to my list of cookies to make this year.

  8. Delicious!! I was also thinking nutella!

  9. I baked these today and yes, they will be added to my regulars...My husband thought that was the best short bread ever Char.....

  10. I baked these today and yes, they will be added to my regulars...My husband thought that was the best short bread ever Char.....

  11. Oh no. This one I cannot resist. But I'm going to have to adapt this for my raging carpal tunnel syndrome which seems to act up at this time of year.

    I'm going to make the cookie dough, but instead of individual cookies, I will press the dough into a buttered cake pan, bake as per your directions, then lightly coat the baked 'cookie' with melted chocolate. I might have to score the dough at sometime in that process.

    What do you think?

  12. I made these last night! Very good, indeed! Am taking them to my cookie exchange at work.

    Thank you!

  13. I made these for a Christmas baking exchange this year. They were pretty simple to make and delicious!! Thanks for the great recipe!


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