Monday, August 8, 2011

Hazelnut Sandies

hazelnut sandies recipe from
I've had a weekend that just had broken me down to a little pile of rubble. Cute rubble, tired rubble, but rubble none the less. I feel like I fit three weeks worth of activities into two and half days. I went: out to eat, miniature golfing, house hunting, out for pie, celebrated a friend's birthday, shot a food video, watched Buffy with Butchie,  made pasta and ricotta and combined it into ravioli, converted video files, edited a video, lost the work I'd done, edited it again, slept off a migraine, took nighttime drives around the neighborhoods I'm looking into houses in, took a friend to an open house, went to church, made baked ziti, uploaded video to youtube, and then woke up today and realized....the video isn't there. HOW?! At 2 am last night I was on the verge of tears. After working on this video for three hours, losing the work, redoing the work, having the computer tell me I don't have the memory to save the video, erasing hundreds of pictures,  and finally uploading the video I was so happy to be done......but no no. Now I'm fully awake, at work, and the video isn't there.

I should have called in sick today. I need a mental health day.

So, instead of seeing a hopefully funny video blog of my bloopers in the're getting hazelnut sandies. It's not a horrible trade. You get cookies, and I get a headache and another evening of trying to finish this video mess.

A hazelnut sandie is a take off of a pecan sandie. I bet you already knew that and I bet you already knew a pecan sandie is a nutty shortbread cookie. It's a simple cookie, easy to throw together and remarkably delicious for what little hands on time you'll put into it. I prefer hazelnuts to pecans....and this seems like pointless rambling. :)

Enjoy the cookies. I need a nap and it's only 10 am. This is gonna be a long day. I hope your Monday is going better.


Hazelnut Sandies

1 1/2 ounces ground hazelnuts
1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1.1 ounces confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt (not kosher)
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat well. Sift together the remaining flour, the salt, and the baking powder, and add it to the dough, mixing until just combined. Stir in the nut mixture. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper to 1/4 inch thick . Using cookie cutters or knifes cut cookies into desired shapes. 

Place them 1 inch apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheets . Bake until pale golden all over, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. Sorry to hear about your bad day. You'll feel better soon - It can't rain every day! Thanks for posting your recipe in spite of it all :)

  2. mental health day! i need one sooooo much!
    i love your recipe anyway, is in my book now!

  3. What a day!!! It only gets better right isn't that what people are suppose to tell you. :) Recipe looks tasty I have some hazelnuts I need to use so it's perfect. :)

  4. Hope you feel better, these sandies would definitely cheer me right up! Love your photos! :)

  5. Im so sorry to hear about your stressful times, i remember when my computer crashed half way through an A-level essay, i freaked out big time. Not nice! But these cookies must take the edge off slightly :) adore hazelnuts too so they sound just lovely

  6. Awww; hate that you had a bad day :-( But love the look of the cookies and I don't even like Hazelnuts lol; so that's saying something :-D

  7. I'm sorry to hear about your weekend. The thing about feeling like rubble is it always means you can rebuild.

  8. I'm sorry to hear you lost the video - but the cookies are AMAZING! I can't believe you whipped these up for us after the weekend you had....BUZZED!

  9. Sorry you had a bad day... But your cookies are wonderful!

  10. At least these cookies look fabulous!

  11. Oh my, so sorry you can't find it. If it's any consolation the recipe is the bomb. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

  12. I just love coming here and seeing what you're up to - you've created a really beautiful space with beautiful (and well photographed) recipes. Great work! I'm also a DC native (living way far away now) so there's a DC connection there, ha :)

    Hope you are off to a better start tomorrow!

  13. I can understand the way you feel... I hope you feel better soon! BTW those cookies are a must! Simply delicious!

  14. Aww! I'm so sorry that you had a rough Monday! I hope things are better now that it's Wednesday. The hazelnut sandies sound delicious!

  15. These sound wonderful! They look like a perfect accompaniment to any coffee or tea. Yum!!

  16. I'm exhausted just reading about your weekend and wondering how many hours you have in the day...I only have 24! You're a super woman getting all those things done. Sorry to hear about your video woes.

    These hazelnut sandies are a delicious alternative to pecan sandies. I'll definitely be trying them.

    Hope you're having a better week.

  17. I hope you're week has gotten better; you did get a ton accomplished over the weekend! 8-)
    Can you confirm the amount of Sugar in this recipe ... it looks great!

    I don't have a blog, just an Etsy shop, so listed that as my URL -- hope that's okay.

    Mahalo, Mynda


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