Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies 2 {TWO days left to enter to win this 7-qt. KitchenAid Stand Mixer + 11 other prizes!! Enter HERE!}

Today is moving day!! Aaahhhhh! By the time you read this, we will be driving/unloading/unpacking all our shtuff into our new place. Exciting, but still sort of unbelievable. Everything happened so fast it’s felt like a whirlwind of appointments, meetings, and never ending to-do lists over the last two weeks. BUT, today is the day we can sort of breath a sigh of relief. Everyone take a deep cleansing breath with me. *inhale* *exhale* That’s better. Here is one of the last recipes for the 12 Days of Holiday Goodies and it’s a good one…and crazy simple. This is hazelnut shortbread turned into wreaths and topped with powdered sugar and a candied cherry. It’s seriously one of the quickest desserts out there and my Mom typically always made some kind of shortbread every Christmas. {This is the Ernhofer classic.} ¬†Only 5 main ingredients go into this recipe and the toasted hazelnut flavor is to die for!! Find yourself some hazelnuts and give these a whirl! Here’s how I made them: Start out by creaming sugar and butter together in your KitchenAid. wreath cookies 1 While that’s happening you’re going to want to roast some hazelnuts. I did mine in a pan on the stove top, but the oven works just as well. After they turn brown, roll them onto some paper towels or a dish towel and rub the skins off. If some of the skins stay on, it’s not that big of a deal. wreath cookies 2 Once you have your skinless hazelnuts, grind them up in a food processor. wreath cookies 3 Add some vanilla along with the hazelnuts into the butter/sugar mixture and stir. wreath cookies 4 Things should be smelling awfully tasty right about now. wreath cookies 5 Finally, add in your flour. The dough will be crumbly but should hold together with the heat of your hands. wreath cookies 6 Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and form it into a circle. Don’t these look like onion rings? Which reminds me…I could go for some Sonic onion rings right about now. wreath cookies 7 After these bake up, they will be warm and fat!! Just how I like ‘em!¬† wreath cookies 8 Top them off with powdered sugar and half a cherry and that’s it! Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies. Aren’t they cute? Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies 1 I loved these and think you will too. Don’t forget to enter to win this 7-qt. KitchenAid Stand Mixer that I’m giving away, along with some awesome other gifts just for you! Check it out HERE. Products I used in this recipe: KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer Beanilla Vanilla OXO measuring spoons Le Creuset Spatulas

Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen wreaths

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, skins removed
1 cup all purpose flour powdered sugar
6 candied cherries, sliced in half

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line Baking sheet with parchment or a baking mat and set aside. In a large stand mixer, whip butter and sugar together. Finely grind hazelnuts in food processor and stir into butter and sugar mixture along with the vanilla. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all the flour until just incorporated. Form about 2 tablespoons of dough into a circle on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are barely golden. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Dust tops of cookies with powdered sugar and place half a cherry on each wreath. Serve.

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18 Responses to “Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies”

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    Jenny Flake — December 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Cute Cute Cute!! Love that shiny red cherry!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    These are beautiful and remind me of something my grandma used to make. But she didn’t make them in the wreath shapes. And the candied maraschino cherry….so cute. I love those things!

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    marla — December 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Such cute cookies! Totally pinning now :)

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    Cookbook Queen — December 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I hate moving. Haaaaaatttteee. We moved over the Summer and it was a nightmare. And in Arkansas heat, which means 100 plus heat and humidity.

    I DO however, LOOOVE hazelnuts. These sound perfect!!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — December 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    These look gorgeous! And bonus points for being simple. I’m out of the loop, where you moving to? Across town or new town? Good luck on the move and Merry Christmas!

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    From Valerie's Kitchen — December 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    So pretty!!! I love light little bites like this.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Why did you have to go and say Sonic onion rings?? Now I’m craving tots. ;)

    I hope the move went smoothly!!

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    DessertForTwo — December 22, 2011 at 4:59 am

    These are adorable!

    Hope the move is going well. If y’all need anything, just let us know! We’d love to help in any way that we can :)

    Merry Christmas to you & your sweet family :)

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    Katrina — December 22, 2011 at 4:59 am

    These are too pretty to eat!…almost. Love them :)

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    Priya — December 22, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Yummy shortbread cookies!! I am adding it to my list to try out!!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — December 22, 2011 at 5:31 am

    SO cute and festive! You OWN cute in the kitchen, I gotta tell ya.
    Hope the move goes well – we’ve moved 5 times in 5 years of marriage, I actually think moving is tons of fun :)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 22, 2011 at 7:19 am

    So cute Lauren! Love the hazelnut shortbread… now I just need a big tall glass of milk! :)

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    On, those are so CUTE! Shortbread is my absolute favorite!

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — December 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    These are the cutest! So Christmas-y :D

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    These are awesome!!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Very pretty cookies!

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