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Hazelnut Shortbread

 Hazelnut Shortbread
We have several acres of hazelnut trees here in the Willamette Valley, where the climate is perfect for this crop. Harvesttime is a big family event with everyone pitching in to help. I try to incorporate this wonderful flavorful nut into our recipes, and this cookie is always a hit. -Karen Morrell, Canby, Oregon
36 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup each white, red, green, yellow and dark chocolate candy coating disks

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • syrup and vanilla. Beat in flour just until combined; fold in nuts.
  • Shape into two 1-1/2-in. rolls; wrap tightly in waxed paper. Chill
  • for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Cut into 1/4-in. slices and place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to
  • brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In separate microwave-safe bowls, melt candy coating disks; stir
  • until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: 6
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 170 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.