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Healthy Holiday Recipe: Hazelnut Cookies

I love hazelnuts in my salads, in my chocolate, and in cookies. Christmas is a cookie event for me, and these hazelnut cookies have been in my family for generations. Since they contain no flour, I make them for my gluten-free friends every year for holiday gifts.

These cookies also contain no butter; all the fat comes from the nuts. The fat in hazelnuts, a.k.a. filbert nuts, is not saturated fat like butter, and these little nuts are considered a heart-healthy food. In addition to being cholesterol-free, hazelnuts are high in vitamin E and are a decent source of protein and fiber.

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Hazelnut Christmas Cookies

Hazelnut Christmas Cookies


  1. 2 eggs, well beaten
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 1/2 cups finely ground hazelnuts


  1. Beat eggs with hand mixer for one minute on high.
  2. Add sugar salt and vanilla beat until thick and lemon colored, about three minutes.
  3. Stir in ground nuts.
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  5. Place balls of dough 1 inch in diameter on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 325 degrees.
  6. Cool on rack and store in airtight container at room temperature. Cookies should last for about a week.

Makes 36 cookies (one cookie = one serving)

I love these cookies, and even though they contain some protein and fiber, they are still cookies. But they sure do pair well with coffee early in the morning.

rbaech rbaech 7 years
Tried these today - my family loved them. I'm considering making a batch with some cocoa powder, they'd be like nutella cookies.
frenjalibi frenjalibi 7 years
My husband loves hazelnuts, thanks for the recipe!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
[I know it's been a long time since this was up, but I'm just putting it out there] I made these cookies, and I am not much on cooking, so this was a big milestone for me. They were so.FREAKING.delicious that my family ate my WHOLE first batch (all 36 or so cookies) in a day! I'm making them again today - all my friends want to try them now! Thanks Fit! :D
jennaboa jennaboa 8 years
Thank you so much for this recipe! I will definitely give these a go.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
definetly going to give these cookies a shot :) they'll be much better received than my sad attempt at snickerdoodles. and they'll be mucher healthier too!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
these look so tasty but I would split the recipe in half so I wouldn't have 36 cookies sitting around waiting to be eaten. ha-ha.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
add white chocolate chips if you're feeling frisky.
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
could these be made with splenda instead of sugar or would that mess it up?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
this sounds delicious. I don't bake much, but I will try these out after Christmas!
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I really want to make these now! I'm snowed in and wish I could go to the grocery store! boo, but they look amazing Fit!
pamela87 pamela87 8 years
Is one cookie = 1 serving? Thanks, they look great!
Fitness Fitness 8 years
esperly, i make the one inch balls of cookie dough with my fingers and a spoon. It is an inexact science, you just have to eyeball it and wash your hands frequently.
esperly esperly 8 years
Do you use a certain size scoop to plop out the cookies? How big should each lil' mound be to make 36? Ohh.. I suppose I could try and do the divide-dough-in-half, and in half again, and in half again, but a) that is a good deal of work, and b) really? who does that?! Thanks - the recipe sounds great! My mom's signature recipe is her "Dipped Hazelnut Wedges".. which is somewhat similar sounding.. but not really at all. =] They end up as these triangular wedges of hazelnut shortbread dipped in dark chocolate - YUMM!
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