Sparkling Hazelnut Cookies


I have a super simple holiday cookie idea for you today. This cookie is just 3 ingredients, that’s right, 3! Pillsbury® asked me along with a few more of my food blogging friends to develop some quick and easy ideas for holiday cookies using their pre-made refrigerated cookie doughs.  Click over here to Pillsbury to see the other delicious cookie creations. I chose to use their sugar cookie dough, and added my own special touch.

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I simply kneaded in some finely chopped hazelnuts. Then I formed my cookie dough back into the same shape that the original cookie dough log was, and sliced my cookies with a sharp knife. After I placed the cookies on my cookie sheet, I sprinkled them with some sparkly raw sugar.

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The raw sugar gave a special little sweet crunch, and the hazelnuts gave great flavor. This is a delicious and simple cookie, and a great alternative to chocolaty and sweetly frosted holiday cookies. My family couldn’t get enough of these, and they were gone so quick I only got 2 of them.

This recipe couldn’t be easier, and would be so fun to have your little ones help out with. My son loved kneading the nuts in the cookie dough and then forming the cookie dough log. Kids love to get their hands dirty in the kitchen.

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Yield: Serves 4

Sparkling Hazelnut Cookies

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1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 cup finely chopped Hazelnuts
1/4 cup Raw Sugar


Pre-heat oven to 350º. Remove dough from package into a large bowl. Add chopped nuts. Use hands to knead together nuts and cookie dough.

Form cookie dough back into a 12" log with hands. Place on a cutting board and slice into 24 - 1/2 " equal slices.

Place cookie slices on a non-greased cookie sheet. Top cookies with a sprinkle of raw sugar. Use fingertips to gently tap sugar onto cookies so it adheres well.

Bake at 350º for 10 - 12 minutes, or until cookie just start to lightly brown on edges. Let cookies stay on cookie sheet 2 minutes before transferring. Then transfer cookies from cookie sheet to cooling rack after baking to cool completely.

After combining cookie dough and nuts and forming it into a log shape, refrigerate for 1 hour to harden dough, and make it easier to slice.

To get the most flavor out of your nuts, roast them first by spreading them on a cookie sheet and roasting them at 325º for 5 - 10 minutes, or until fragrant.

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This post was sponsored by General Mills and Pillsbury®, all opinions are 100% mine.

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  11 Responses to “Sparkling Hazelnut Cookies”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — November 18, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    These look fantastic. I love all things hazelnut.

  2. Cynthia — November 18, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    Gosh! What a simple, creative idea. I never would have thought of that myself.

  3. Gorgeous photos!

    • Angie — November 20, 2011 @ 8:04 am

      That means so much coming from you, thanks!

  4. Marla — November 21, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Cookies that sparkle! How wonderful & FUN 🙂

  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 21, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    so beautiful!

  6. Geni — November 22, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    Yum! These cookies look heavenly! Love the added sparkle to make them festive and the sugar crunch is always a nice thing.

  7. Monet — November 23, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    What beautiful cookies! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, pictures and delightfully delicious (and easy) recipe. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving, my friend!

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 26, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Quick and easy is the best for the holidays and these are so pretty!

  9. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — November 26, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    Those are beautiful cookies, Angie! I love that you dressed up store bought dough. So simple and fast!

  10. Aggie — November 30, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Love these!! This is my kind of baking 🙂
    I absolutely love hazelnuts.

    Your photos are gorgeous!!! I miss ya girl!

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