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