Hazelnut Tea Cookies


2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, separated

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 3/4 cups hazelnuts, toasted, husked and finely chopped


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2.  Combine flour, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

3.  In a larger bowl, use a mixer to beat butter until fluffy and creamy.  Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and blend until well incorporated.  Add vanilla bean paste to butter and sugar.

4.  Pour half of the hazelnuts into butter mixture and stir with a large spoon.  Add all of the flour and mix.  Follow this with remaining hazelnuts.

4.  Form 1 inch balls of dough and drop on parchment paper with 1 inch of space between each.  Bake for 25 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.

5.  Allow to cool 5-10 minutes.  With remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, roll balls on all sides until coated.  Tap off excess.  After they've cooled completely, roll in powedered sugar once more.