German Hazelnut Cookies

Betsy P. Race won first prize with these seasonal favorites in the 1989 Old Farmer’s Almanac Holiday Cookies and Bars Recipe Contest.


3 cups (6 sticks) ice-cold unsalted butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups unsifted confectioners' sugar
3-1/2 cups ground hazelnuts, divided
3 eggs, well beaten
juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
extra flour (up to 1 cup), for rolling
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for glaze


Cut butter into flour as for pastry. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, then 3 cups of the nuts. Add eggs, juice, and peel. Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly, for at least 2 hours. Grease baking sheets and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Working with a small amount of dough at a time (keep the rest of the dough refrigerated), roll out to ¼ inch thick on a well-floured board, also dusting top of dough with flour to aid in rolling. Cut out with cookie cutters and transfer to baking sheets. (Dough may also be dropped by teaspoonfuls; cookies will flatten into brown-edged wafers as they bake.)

Brush cookies gently with egg-water mixture, and sprinkle with pinches of remaining ground nuts. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.

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About 5 to 7 dozen.

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