Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

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Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Today is moving day!! Aaahhhhh! By the time you read this, we will be driving/unloading/unpacking all our shtuff into our new place. Exciting, but still sort of unbelievable. Everything happened so fast it’s felt like a whirlwind of appointments, meetings, and never ending to-do lists over the last two weeks. BUT, today is the day we can sort of breath a sigh of relief. Everyone take a deep cleansing breath with me. *inhale* *exhale* That’s better. Here is one of the last recipes for the 12 Days of Holiday Goodies and it’s a good one…and crazy simple. This is hazelnut shortbread turned into wreaths and topped with powdered sugar and a candied cherry. It’s seriously one of the quickest desserts out there and my Mom typically always made some kind of shortbread every Christmas. {This is the Ernhofer classic.}  Only 5 main ingredients go into this recipe and the toasted hazelnut flavor is to die for!! Find yourself some hazelnuts and give these a whirl! Here’s how I made them: Start out by creaming sugar and butter together in your KitchenAid.

Butter and sugar

While that’s happening you’re going to want to roast some hazelnuts. I did mine in a pan on the stove top, but the oven works just as well. After they turn brown, roll them onto some paper towels or a dish towel and rub the skins off. If some of the skins stay on, it’s not that big of a deal.


Once you have your skinless hazelnuts, grind them up in a food processor.

chopped hazelnuts

Add some vanilla along with the hazelnuts into the butter/sugar mixture and stir.

adding vanilla

Things should be smelling awfully tasty right about now.

cookie dough

Finally, add in your flour. The dough will be crumbly but should hold together with the heat of your hands.

cookie dough

Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and form it into a circle. Don’t these look like onion rings? Which reminds me…I could go for some Sonic onion rings right about now.

cookie dough in rings

After these bake up, they will be warm and fat!! Just how I like ’em!

baked hazelnut shortbread cookies

Top them off with powdered sugar and half a cherry and that’s it! Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies. Aren’t they cute?

Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies

I loved these and think you will too.

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Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

These festive Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies are turned into wreaths and topped with powdered sugar and a candied cherry!
servings 12 wreaths
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line Baking sheet with parchment or a baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large stand mixer, whip butter and sugar together. Finely grind hazelnuts in food processor and stir into butter and sugar mixture along with the vanilla. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all the flour until just incorporated.
  • Form about 2 tablespoons of dough into a circle on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are barely golden. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Dust tops of cookies with powdered sugar and place half a cherry on each wreath. Serve.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies
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  1. 50 Christmas Cookie Recipes | Lauren's Latest

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  2. Anna @ hiddenponies

    SO cute and festive! You OWN cute in the kitchen, I gotta tell ya.
    Hope the move goes well – we’ve moved 5 times in 5 years of marriage, I actually think moving is tons of fun 🙂

  3. DessertForTwo

    These are adorable!

    Hope the move is going well. If y’all need anything, just let us know! We’d love to help in any way that we can 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you & your sweet family 🙂

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    These are beautiful and remind me of something my grandma used to make. But she didn’t make them in the wreath shapes. And the candied maraschino cherry….so cute. I love those things!

  5. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    These look gorgeous! And bonus points for being simple. I’m out of the loop, where you moving to? Across town or new town? Good luck on the move and Merry Christmas!

  6. Cookbook Queen

    I hate moving. Haaaaaatttteee. We moved over the Summer and it was a nightmare. And in Arkansas heat, which means 100 plus heat and humidity.

    I DO however, LOOOVE hazelnuts. These sound perfect!!