Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

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by Chris on December 9, 2012

alla nocciola/hazelnut

December already! I can’t believe the holiday season is in full swing.  Not only do the jingling bells and holiday music evoke joyful memories of decorating the house with my mom, but cookies seal those moments in time.  Mom would spend most December days baking her cookie assortments, monitoring her drunken fruit cake, and dipping her bon bons. She would store each cookie in a designated container and place them in our window-lined sun room. Winters in Boston not only allowed the space to be utilized as a natural refrigerator for the sweets, but it was a convenient room for me to sneak in after dark for a sample now and again.

Last December, I revisited my Italian roots in Christmas with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This year, I am remembering childhood smiles with cookies. First memory? We would sit around the dining room table after all the dishes were moved to the kitchen, and only bowls of roasted nuts remained. Various conversations about days of old, new year resolutions, hopes, and dreams quickly intertwined with boisterous sibling banter as we cracked roasted nuts over the table cloth.  Mom would hurriedly rush in with holiday plates for us to use for catching the nuts’ shells and skins.

My favorite nuts to crack were hazelnuts.  These Food & Wine cookies are a fine tribute to my nibble preference back then…and now.

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heidi December 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I just found you from the Sweetest 16 baking contest. I voted for your tasty-looking tarts. I host Gluten Free Monday each week on OneCreativeMommy.com. I would love it if you visited and shared any of your gluten-free recipes, experiences, and ideas. I hope to see you there. Good luck in the cont

Tony December 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

These Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies are incredible, especially when made by Chris!!! I’ve enjoyed them with my family and we thought they were out of this world delicious.

Kate December 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

You had a cookie room! Amazing!

Betty Ann @Mango_Queen December 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I love hazelnut and love this recipe of sandwich cookies. Bookmarking this one to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And THANK YOU for the delish Holiday Butter Rings from the FB Cookie Swap! The cookie jar is gorgeous & the cookies – half gone :-) Happy Holidays!

Zirkie December 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I love hazelnuts and these cookies are looking delicious!!

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