Hazelnut Cookies

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Adapted from David Lebovitz's Baci di Dama Cookies.

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Hazelnut Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 45 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (140 grams) hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
  • 1 cup (140 grams) rice flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Put the hazelnuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse them until very fine; they should be the consistency of coarse polenta.

  2. 2

    Transfer the ground nuts to a bowl and add the rice flour (if using all-purpose flour, sift it in). Cut the butter into pieces then add the butter, sugar, and salt to the dry ingredients. Use your hands to mix all the ingredients together until the butter is dispersed and completely incorporated. The dough should be very smooth and hold together. If not, knead it until it does.

  3. 3

    Divide the dough into three equal pieces and roll each piece until it’s 3/4-inch (2cm) round. Try to get them as smooth as possible, with no cracks. If the dough is too long to work with as you roll them out, you can cut the dough at the midway point and work with it in batches.

    Chill the dough logs until firm on a small baking sheet or dinner plate lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper (approximately 2-3 hours in the refrigerator or 15 minutes in the freezer).

  4. 4

    Preheat oven to 325ºF (160ºC) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  5. 5

    Working with one length of dough at a time, keeping the others in the refrigerator or freezer, cut off equal-sized pieces using a knife or pastry cutter. The ideal is 5 grams each, if working with a scale. The fastest way to do it is to cut one to the right weight, then hold that one alongside the logs and use it as a template to cut the others. Once you’ve cut a length of dough, roll the pieces into nice little balls and place them on the baking sheet, slightly spaced apart (as shown.)

    If you don’t have a scale, simply roll the dough to the size of a marble, trying to keep them as similar in size as possible.

  6. 6

    Continue cutting the dough and rolling it into little balls. Bake the cookies for 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheets in the oven midway during cooking, until the tops are lightly golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely.

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