The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!
Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!
The recipes I’m sharing are small-er batch (perfect for this year when many of us will still be attending/ hosting smaller gatherings) – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim. Check out the treats from 2019 and 2020 at the bottom of this post too for more inspiration!
Today’s recipe is inspired by my love of Jam Drops (aka thumbprints) and a recent recipe we made from Dorie’s Cookies (Coco-Almond Thumbprints). I love a good thumprint – jam drops are one of my favourite easy cookie recipes – but Dorie’s recipe made me think about incorporating nuts somehow. Initially I thought about almonds but then settled on hazelnuts as I had a lovely bag of hazelnut meal in my pantry needing using up! I also considered plain cookies with a chocolate filling – I loved the idea of the chocolate filling but wanted something a bit “more” than just a simple sugar cookie as the base.
And what better combination than chocolate and hazelnut? Right?
These cookies come together really quickly and easily and use a combination of all-purpose flour and hazelnut meal. Hazelnut meal is simple ground hazelnuts (skins on) and I use the version made by Nuts.com (< affiliate link but it’s the one I use!) and it brings a lovely depth to the flavour of these cookies, not to mention a bit of texture and visual appeal from the flecks of skin you can see in the cookie.
Cookies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for a few As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
for the cookies:
for the filling:
Make the cookies
Fill the cookies
days. Make sure to layer parchment paper in between the cookie layers
so they don't stick together.
To skin hazelnuts for the topping:
skins have detached themselves, so keep peeking inside the tea towel to check. It’s okay if some of the skins remain as long as you have removed most of them.
Cookies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for a few
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Not a traditional holiday favour combination but I think it works – don’t you?
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Check out 2021’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:
Day 1: Speculoos financiers
Day 3: Madeleines à la Clémentine
Day 7: Linzer Cookies
Day 9: Choc-Mint Thumbprint Cookies
Day 11: Strawberry Santa Hats
Day 12: Mulled Wine Jam
Check out 2020’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:
Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths
Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
Day 3: Peppermint Bark
Day 4: Orangettes
Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Day 7: Orange Pim’s
Day 8: Mendiants
Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Check out 2019’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:
Day 2: Jam Drops
Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice
Day 4: Melting Moments
Day 5: White Christmas
Day 6: Langues de Chat
Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice
Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits
Day 9: Rocky Road
Day 10: Honey Joys
Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles
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