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Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies – Shortbread cookies made with hazelnuts and vanilla sugar, topped with Nutella and glitter.

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Did I just take the kids to McDonald’s Playplace? Did I really do that?! The one thing I swore I would never do?!?!

Yes. Yes, I did.

All I wanted was a few moments (2 hours) to stare at nothing and drink a cup of coffee. or Three.

Sue me. (Please don’t)

The thingamajiggers is that when I try to keep up with everything, I end up falling over. Well, not really falling over. Just feeling overwhelmed… Looking ahead, but can’t see through the piles of to-do… You know what I’m sayin’.

I know that if I had a few of these Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies, I would totally be back on track. It would take .03567 seconds for me to go from blah to wooooot! But, I ate them all last week. No, not all of ’em. My husband helped. And the kids.

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See, when you make shortbread cookies with hazelnuts, topped with Nutella and glitter, people wanna eat ’em. Fast.

I have been trying to make these cookies “work” for quite some time. In the end, my gut feeling was right – vegetable shortening. Because, you know, shortbread cookies aren’t soft and buttery enough already.

To add, I figured out that these cookies get better with age! They taste that much better the next day.

Also, the hazelnuts made it into this recipe by accident. I was more about using some almonds, or even walnuts, but the jar of hazelnuts jumped up and I had to use ’em. Besides, they made it all the way to me from Macedonia – my MIL sent me a bag filled with hazelnuts, and I still don’t know how we managed to get them through customs. {shrug} I even had a story in case they stopped me; “I’m a food blogger… I’m testing recipes… I’m going to feed the squirrels…”

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The cookies literally take 10 minutes of hands-on prepping. The remaining of the time they will either be baking or resting.

They are SO easy to make, they are delicious and stunning. You will not regret it. Save thy recipe!


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Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Katerina | Diethood
Shortbread cookies made with hazelnuts and vanilla sugar, topped with Nutella and glitter.
Servings : 30 cookies
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 cup finely ground hazelnuts
  • 2 sachets (0.35-oz each) vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • Nutella
  • Edible Glitter


  • In a large mixing bowl sift together flour and corn starch.
  • Stir in hazelnuts, vanilla sugar, and powdered sugar. If you don't have vanilla sugar or can't find it, leave it out.
  • Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, work in the vegetable shortening; work it in until it all disappears and it's well blended.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line two baking sheets with silpat mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  • Remove dough from fridge and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Flour your work surface and rolling pin; roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut out cookies with a round cutter and transfer to prepared pan. You don't have to space them a lot - the cookies will not spread.
  • Bake for 13 minutes.
  • Let cool on pan for 5 minutes; remove and cool on wire racks.
  • When completely cooled, dip them in Nutella and top with edible glitter or raw sugar.


Cookies are best a day later. You can freeze the cookies for up to 3 months.


Calories: 124 kcal | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 0 mg | Potassium: 36 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 6 mg | Iron: 0.6 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: christmas cookies, hazelnuts
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23 comments on “Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies”

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    Shortening makes some totally awesome cookies! Hazelnuts are a great addition too. Oh and we all feel overwhelmed sometimes. It’s such a bummer but we have to hope things will get better.

  2. I know that overwhelmed feeling well. And we’ve used the playland place reluctantly as well. Sometimes you just need to break down so you don’t end up having a break down. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fabulous cookie recipe. This would definitely be a great pick me up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    My Scottish Grandma’s shortbread recipe is also better with age (though we use all butter, and a tiny scallop-edged round cookie cutter, and it’s not Grandma’s Shortbread if it’s in any other shape!) My mom would bake the cookies Thanksgiving weekend and store them in empty coffee cans, in layers of plastic wrap, in the top of the coat closet. She’d add them to the cookie tray we’d eat after coming home from church on Christmas eve and they were perfect. Thank you so much for bringing that memory to mind, Kate!
    As for the endless to-do list, the months of “putting ____ off” are over, but I forgot how the solo parenting gig saps my energy. I’m slowly getting into the rhythm of things now. Having a crisper full of fresh veggies from our CSA farm share helps, because I’m eating better even if I’m not sleeping. Have a lovely weekend!

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    Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    Kate, my friend! I understand very well that overwhelming feeling (and pressure) created by an endless to-do list. I am glad that you took time to drink a few cups of coffee . Don’t feel guilty! Sometimes I take my children to play at McDonald’s and put limits on what they want to eat and especially, I don’t give them toys (happy meals) often. It’s OK! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, these short breads are lovely and the nutella on top make them VERY inviting… Take care! xx

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks, Denise!!! xoxo

      I know I’m not alone.. all mommies reach a boiling point. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I did get the kids 4 packets of those apples at McD’s, (trying to choose something healthier) and they ate all of them!

  5. I love shortbread and I’ve made it with various different nuts. Hazelnut is the ultimate favourite in our household. I mostly sift powered sugar on mine however your Nutella with glitter certainly looks delish. Mmmm…….I think it’s time to make a batch!

  6. Zoning out with a cup of coffee is something we all need to do – from time to time. (It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by…stuff.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    These cookies look like a cure-all! I don’t think mine would make it to a second day.

    BTW, love the “story” you had prepared for your smuggled hazelnuts! It would have been great publicity for your blog. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      I admit, I was scared! When we were younger, my mom was trying to bring this mountain tea from Macedonia (we picked it) through customs, and they stopped us. We were dragged into this room for hours… they thought we were terrorists/drug dealers/hoodlums… ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. They look very tasty with the glitter accenting that spread of Nutella. Hazelnuts aren’t a nut I’ve ever used in the past … I’m most familiar with walnuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you prefer veg shortening to butter for any particular reason?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Yes! I like shortening because there are some cookies that spread if you use butter. I didn’t want these to spread at all. Most of the time if I have it I will use butter flavored shortening.

      1. I don’t bake cookies often enough that I’ve ever considered the spreading issues. I DID have some concerns with some sugar cookies I made for the first time for my nephew. He was an adult but only my mom had ever made these cookies for him when he was a little boy, for Christmas with sprinkles on top, so he was nostalgic for them. Of course she had never had, nor did write down, a recipe, so I was going on pure guessing … but I did want the shapes to stay intact.

        The recipe I used only uses butter and as long as I cut the refrigerated dough to the right thickness and bake them at the right temperature, they don’t spread.

        Here’s an early picture of the first time I made them for Christmas.

        More intricate cookie cutters for Easter using the same recipe and not overbaking them.

        The only time I used shortening in my cookies was for some ginger snap cookies and the balls I shaped them in DID melt and spread … a bit. But I wanted to.

        I wonder if it depends on the recipe not necessarily the butter or shortening. I made a batch of shortbreads sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche this past week … all butter, which kept their shapes beautifully.

        1. Katerina - Diethood
          Katerina Petrovska

          You could be right…it could all be up to the recipe. I am a self-taught cook, baker – everything is by trial and error. And a few books have helped me along the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always read to use shortening and corn starch in cookies.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    A big yes to these cookies, I love everything about them! (big points for the glitter) xo!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Yay for Nutella and glitter–especially on Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies! But, ugh. Blogger burnout. It happens. Life happens. I’m behind. Not fun. Working on some new blog features to keep me on track with 2-3 posts per week (and with blog designer for blog tweak) as well as a home project. Too much to do…never enough time. Thanks for a magnificent shortbread cookie recipe, Kate! I hope next week feels more sane. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Ugh, that house project of ours is driving me up the wall… I just want to get it done! Have a great weekend, Stacy!! xoxo

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