December 20th

This would be the same basic recipe as yesterday adding hazelnuts, chocolate and spices instead of walnuts. I like to chop the hazelnuts to give the cookies a little bit more bite. It tastes really festive with the spices and is not as sweet as other cookies. I will preserve them for Christmas Eve.

Ingredients

2 sticks butter (cold)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice or nutmeg

pinch of salt

2 cups chopped hazelnuts

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup dark chocolate chip morsels

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation

It is the same basic dough as yesterday and can be also made with an electric mixer. Sift the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the middle. Add sugar, eggs, salt, spices and chopped nuts. Cut the butter in pieces and add on top of the flour mixture. Combine with your hands until mixture forms a dough. If the dough is getting to hard, add 2 tablespoons of milk. Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you have a cookie press, you can make beautiful professional looking cookies, but of course I did not find the attachment for mine, so I used a piping bag (or even a ziplock cut off in one corner). Pipe little dots, forming a flower or wreath.  Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and stick a piece of chocolate in the middle. Return to the oven until chocolate is melted, about 5 more minutes.Combine powdered sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over warm cookies.

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