April 25, 2013

Chocolate Hazelnut Sandies

Chocolate Hazelnut Sandies are lovely little shortbread-like biscuits, great for snacking!

Recipe Adapted From: Daydreamer Desserts
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
170g butter
1 egg yolk

1. Roast your hazelnuts in a frying pan by tossing them over medium heat.  You'll know they're done when they start to smell delicious and they've gone a bit brown in places.

2. Process the hazelnuts, icing sugar, brown sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor until the nuts are ground.  (For some strange reason, there was no cocoa in my house when I made these, so I chucked some chocolate chunks in instead!)

3. Add flour and salt, pulse until combined.

4. Chop the butter into chunks.  Add the chunks to the food processor and blend until the dough resembles sand.  Remember, your mixture will look a lot darker than mine is due to the lack of cocoa!

5. Add the egg yolk while the processor is running and blend until the dough forms a ball.

6. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into logs.  Make your logs whatever size you want your cookies to be in the end!

7. Wrap the logs in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours (I find that overnight is easiest).

8. When you're ready to bake the biscuits, preheat your oven to 160 C (325 F).

9. Slice the dough into cookies about the height of the side of your fingers and bake for about 17 minutes.  If you want, you can place a piece of hazelnut on the tops of the cookies before you bake them.

10. After the cookies are baked, let them cool on a tray for a bit before transferring to a wire rack.


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