Cinnamon Hazelnut Shortbread from Baker Street

I won’t even bother to tell you how many days are left until Christmas, as it would probably just totally freak me out! And maybe a few of you too…

So pull up a chair, take a deep breath, we’ll forget about everything we need to do, and let’s indulge in one of the best parts of the holiday season. Cookies!

If you’re still looking for an easy and elegant cookie recipe that is sure to impress, you’ve come to the right place. Anuradha from Baker Street has stopped by with some Cinnamon Hazelnut Shortbread

When Jen asked me to write her a guest post for her Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies marathon, I was super enthusiastic. Later I was a bit more apprehensive given that I’m not big on baking sugar cookies and don’t always have the patience required for each layer of icing to dry. The term ‘holiday cookies’ makes me want to run to an old classic: one you can indulge in as comfort food.

What I’m bringing to Jen’s table is a Cinnamon Hazelnut Shortbread. Rich and buttery cookies studded with toasted hazelnuts and scented with cinnamon, these are perfect for a Christmas morning.

When it comes to shortbread, I like mine soft and tender, one that melts in your mouth. I’m not particularly a fan of the thin and crisp ones. The original recipe calls for only 1/2 cup sugar which I increased to 3/4 cup. And in the spirit of the holidays I added a little cinnamon cream cheese drizzle.

Cinnamon Hazelnut Shortbread
from You Made That Dessert by Beth Lipton
Yields: 16 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon and stir to combine. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined. (The mixture may appear dry). Stir in the hazelnuts.

Using your hands, press the dough into an ungreased 9″ square baking pan. Ensure the batter is evenly distributed. (*See Note)

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

While the shortbread is still hot, using a paring knife mark out the 16 squares or any other shape you like. Don’t cut all the way through.

Leave for the shortbread to cool down completely, cut along the lines you marked out earlier and serve.

*Note: You could use the bottom of the glass to make sure the dough is evenly distributed.

Happy Baking!

Aren’t they beautiful?  I hope you’ll please take a moment to stop by Baker Street and spread a little holiday cheer!

And remember, you have only until 12:00 midnight tonight to enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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  1. 1

    These are just stunning! I love short bread – soft or crispy! Beautiful photos and so elegant! Very nicely done! Another winner – thanks Jen for such a great round up!

  2. 2

    Jen, thank you for having me over! I’m glad to be a part of your gorgeous cookie round up!


  3. 3

    Everything you wrote made me want to cry with happiness. Hazelnut? There slides a tear. Soft and tender over thin and crisp; another one slides down. Cinnamon cream cheese drizzle??? There go the waterworks. These look amazing. You’ve totally caught what I love in cookies. Not all the fancy sugary icing. Give me pure butter, a little sweetness and something so light and soft it melts in my mouth.

  4. 4

    stunning picture and yummy cookie,I love hazelnut on cookies/shortbread,looks so good :)

  5. 5

    These are so pretty! I love the cinnamon hazelnut combination!

  6. 6

    These are GORGEOUS! Please send some over for lunch! :)

  7. 7

    OH YUM!

    They look fantastic on the plate and I am quite sure they would taste delicious in my belly.

  8. 8

    Those are very pretty with drizzled icing!

  9. 9

    Holy yum! With that drizzled icing, I just need 10 please 😀

  10. 10

    Baker street is one of those sites that I have lost track of exactly how many recipes I have saved from there- her posts are ones I never miss. Glad to see that she is here guest posting and participating in your marathon. I caught this recipe earlier today-delicious.
    You two enjoy the weekend and I will be looking for more goodies to come on each of your websites!

  11. 11

    Those are beautiful. Nice pictures.

  12. 12

    I love the scent of toasted hazelnuts! It’s one nut I’m allergic to though, and will have to make a substitution! Regardless, a yummy cookie is a yummy cookie, and Anuradha’s offering is sure a DELIGHT! 😉

  13. 13

    Cinnamon and sugar has always been a comforting combination for me. This shortbread sounds WONDERFUL!!

    I have loved this series, Jen!

  14. 14

    that drizzle makes it look so pretty :-)

  15. 15

    Anuradha! These are so beautiful! Shortbread is my favorite type of cookie, actually. And I love how you have sweetened these and added a touch of cinnamon. So special for the holidays. And even more so with the cream cheese icing! Your pictures are gorgeous and I really look forward to making these! Thanks also to Jen….for such a great series! And I’m still not cookie’d out yet! : )

  16. 16

    I’m loving shortbread this year and these cookies are gorgeous! Paired with a cup of tea, they would definitely be relaxing :)

  17. 17

    Yum! I haven’t made cookies with hazelnuts yet. Will have to give this a try.

  18. 18

    I loved the look of these cookies, especially the drizzle, when I saw it on Baker Street!

  19. 19

    These sound great…perfect for the holidays!! I love the drizzle on top :)

  20. 20

    I love shortbread for the holidays. I am going to make these cookies next week during my holiday baking.

  21. 21

    These are beautiful Jen! I love the shape, and I love the drizzle! Perfect for Christmas! Shortbreads are always the first thing I grab off of a cookie tray ;)!

  22. 22

    I LOVE Shortbread!!!!!!! 2 dozen, please!

  23. 23

    Oh, don’t these look great! I wonder how they would do with another kind of nut…I just bought a huge bag of almonds and walnuts, but no hazelnuts…..

  24. 24

    I am a sucker for the shortbread. These look adorable and tempting!

  25. 25

    Yay! Congrats on getting Top 9!! Beautiful cookies. I love anything with a bit of spice…. gossip is good too 😀

  26. 26

    Beautiful cookies Anuradha! I always love shortbread over regular cookies so this cinnamon and hazelnut shortbread sounds like a perfect tea time snack for me!

  27. 27

    Beautiful cookies..Love the presentation and your photos Anuradha! Oh Congrats to both of you on top 9!!!

  28. 28

    I can taste the buttery goodness in my mouth now. Pretty cookies!

  29. 29

    I love shortbread, I love cinnamon so this recipe us calling my name!

  30. 30

    Wow. Delicious is the only word. Fantastic pictures. Happy Holidays to you!

  31. 31

    Sorry it took me so long to get to this beautiful shortbread, Jen! It is gorgeous and I bet it tastes amazing! Congrats on Top 9!

  32. 32

    These are stunning! I need to learn to drizzle icing like that….love the look! An and Jen….another wonderful post!

  33. 33

    Saw these delicious darlin’s at Baker Street and had to take another look here. Cinnamon and hazelnut in a melt in your mouth shortbread makes our mouths water! Perfect cookies for the Christmas table!

  34. 34

    I would love to sink my teeth into those!

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