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Hazelnut Gelt Cookies

Hazelnut Gelt Cookies

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Hazelnut Gelt Cookies

Checklist by ROCKY LUTEN. PROP STYLIST: BROOKE DEONARINE. FOOD STYLIST: SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE.
  • Prep time
    half-hour
  • Cook time for dinner
    Quarter-hour
  • Makes
    about 26 cookies
Creator Notes

Every Twelve months, I will be able to no longer wait for the holidays. When I became once rising up (my mother is Jewish, my dad is Chinese), we notorious Chrismukkah and threw dumpling-making events. They had been non-denominational and all americans became once invited. On Christmas Day, we made latkes and donuts and gingerbread homes—and ate bagels and Chinese meals. The procedure in which we noticed it: Let’s celebrate the entirety. And be pleased the entirety within the project.

This point out day, my holidays are shapely an analogous. They silent revolve spherical meals and we silent celebrate the entirety. But with my weblog, My Name Is Yeh, the celebrations happen months upfront. Admire this Twelve months, in October, I labored on this Hanukkah cookie recipe and a stollen recipe. So the season will get drawn out, which is rarely any longer a immoral ingredient.

We have some new traditions, too. My buddy repeatedly hosts a cookie swap and or no longer it is far so worthy fun. This Twelve months, I want to involve my daughter Bernie in a procedure—possibly have her support decorate cookies (although she’ll entirely be about eight months outdated). We most ceaselessly host a Chrismukkah event at our house, with latkes and lefse, so my husband Reduce’s facet will get represented as successfully.

A few years within the past, I made handmade gelt for the holidays. I shot a video with yet one more baker, whose title is moreover Molly. It became once her thought to make handmade gelt and I correct belief it became once the coolest ingredient ever. You invent circles of melted chocolate on parchment—in actuality may possibly possibly no longer be more straightforward—however there are so worthy of systems probabilities are you’ll possibly chase from there. You are going to be ready to top the chocolate with various nuts or seeds or dukkah or spice blends or sprinkles.

This Twelve months, I wished to effect one thing an analogous for Hanukkah. Why no longer assign handmade gelt on a truly tasty cookie? Because, in phrases of dessert, Christmas has a monopoly on cookies at some level of the vacation season. Donuts and latkes get many of the focal level at some level of Hanukkah and, to be completely I lawful, I effect no longer fancy frying issues. So I wished to search out a ability to celebrate Hanukkah and get within the vacation vibe, however no longer must get the deep fryer out. These cookies are tidy simple—and giftable.

One of my popular issues about gelt is that or no longer it is repeatedly tidy-candy milk chocolate—and I fancy milk chocolate with hazelnuts. I have this almond cookie recipe I make loads, so I subbed out the almonds for hazelnuts, then added a minute bit orange zest (orange and hazelnuts work so successfully together, and clearly orange and chocolate work so successfully together). It be a nice, tall, thick cutout—a minute bit soft, a minute bit cakey. And the house made gelt goes on top.

Gold sprinkles add the explicit extra one thing. (We outmoded a lot of sprinkles rising up.) They’re contented and proper surely huge decorating instruments. Easy, certain, however they make one thing so worthy extra festive.

—As told to Food52 —molly yeh

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: Food52’s Vacation Cookie Chronicles —The Editors

  • Test Kitchen-Accredited

Ingredients
  • Cookies

  • 3 1/2 cups

    (450g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting


  • 1 1/3 cups

    (150g) ground hazelnuts


  • 1 teaspoon

    baking powder


  • 3/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt


  • 1 cup

    (2 sticks, 1/2 pound, or 227g) unsalted butter, softened


  • 2/3 cup

    (137g) granulated sugar


  • 2/3 cup

    (80g) powdered sugar

  • Zest of 1 orange


  • 2

    tidy eggs


  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • Gelt topping

  • 6 oz.

    (170g) milk chocolate

  • Gold sprinkles

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, ground hazelnuts, baking powder, and salt, and space apart. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the hurry attachment, cream the butter and the sugars unless light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add within the orange zest and blend to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after every, and then add the vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing unless blended.
  2. At this level probabilities are you’ll possibly wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour, or as a lot as two days, otherwise probabilities are you’ll possibly possibly also get occurring rolling out your dough and lowering out your cookies straight.
  3. If you is most certainly ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment and space apart. Working with half of of the dough at a time, roll it out on a frivolously floured flooring to 1/2-inch (1.2cm) thick. Reduce out your shapes (2 1/2–inch/6.4cm circles) and then switch to a baking sheet, 1-inch (2.5cm) apart. Re-roll scraps and decrease out extra shapes.
  4. Bake unless they’re frivolously browned on the bottom; starting up checking for doneness at 12 minutes. Let chilly on the baking sheets for five minutes and then carefully switch to a wire rack to chill entirely.
  5. To brighten, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwavable bowl in 30-second increments, stirring after every. Melt unless it’s correct delicate and then rob away from heat. Spoon a teaspoon of chocolate onto the tip of every cookie, spreading it spherical unswerving into a minute bit Gelt-sized circle. Top with sprinkles and let space within the fridge or at room temperature.

molly yeh no longer too prolonged within the past moved from brooklyn to a farm launch air of gargantuan forks, north dakota, where her husband is a fifth generation farmer. she writes the weblog my title is yeh.

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