RLB Hazelnut Praline Cookies

cookies all done

I did, in fact bake these cookies on time. And they came out pretty well.  But it was touch and go for a while. You see, I’ve been planning to buy a new laptop for a while now, and I finally did it. On Thursday I became the proud owner of a lovely new Dell laptop that weighs a third what my 2009-era weighs, and I love it.

Except. Without going into excruciating detail, let me just say I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out why my spiffy new computer didn’t like being online. This endeavor made it difficult to focus on cookie prep.

Still, I made the hazelnut powder the day before, so that went okay:

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Ever other time I used hazelnuts in baking the directions said to roast them and then roll them in a towel to get the skins off. This was the first time I’d heard of boiling them with baking soda, and it worked remarkably well. You can see the nearly-naked nuts in the top left photo, and then clad in caramelized sugar syrup  top right.  The bottom picture is hazelnut praline powder ready for cookie baking.

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Despite my confused state I remembered my new parchment sheets, which fit perfectly in the baking pan!

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dough balls ready to be pressed and baked

I don’t know if it was the positive influence of the parchment paper or I was in the mood for order after my computer struggles, but my dough balls were unusually uniform.

and once more, the final product:

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3 thoughts on “RLB Hazelnut Praline Cookies”

  1. Hooray for precut flat sheets of parchment! So much better than rolled parchment. I remember learning the baking soda hazelnut trick years ago on Baking with Julia. I believe it was Alice Medrich who demonstrated it. Brilliant technique.

  2. Which is easier, toasting and rolling the skins off or boiling and peeling? Well done on getting a new computer up and running along side a batch of great looking cookies.

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