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Orange-Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 3 dozen 2-inch cookies.

If you can’t find blanched hazelnuts, buy them with the skin on, toast them in a 425°F oven until fragrant, and then rub off as much of the skins as possible by rolling them in a damp towel.


  • 8 oz. (1 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 oz. (1/2 cup) blanched hazelnuts, toasted and ground very finely in a food processor
  • 2 tsp. (loosely packed) finely grated orange zest (from 1 orange)

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per cookie
  • Calories (kcal) : 100
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 35
  • Carbohydrates (g): 9
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment. Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer bowl (use the paddle attachment) or a large mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until the butter combines with the sugar but isn’t perfectly smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour, ground hazelnuts, and zest; mix on low speed, scraping the bowl frequently, until the dough has just about pulled together, about 3 minutes; don’t overmix. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Aim for a uniform thickness to ensure even baking.

  • Cut the dough into bars or squares with a sharp knife or, using cookie cutters, cut out shapes as close to one another as possible. Press the scraps together, roll them out, and cut out more cookies. If the dough becomes sticky, refrigerate it briefly. Arrange the cookies on two parchment-lined baking sheets and refrigerate until chilled, at least 20 minutes.
  • Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Bake the cookies until golden on the bottom and edges and pale to golden on top, 30 minutes to 1 hour. (After 15 minutes, swap the position of the baking sheets and rotate them 180 degrees for even baking.) If the cookies are done before 30 min., reduce the oven temperature to 275°F for the remaining batches; if they take longer than 1 hour, increase the temperature to 325°F.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Settercrazy | 12/28/2013

    Made these cookies first time this christmas and loved them. The crisp cookie with hint of orange taste is delicious. I used the cookie cutters and baking time was approx 40 minutes. Warmly recommend this recipe!

  • LesleyW | 12/08/2010

    I HAVE to make these every year for friends and neighbours. Very easy recipe since the butter comes straight out of the fridge and I usually have frozen ground hazelnuts in stock. The dough rolls out beautifully and the taste of the orange and chocolate is delightful. The cookie is lovely and crisp. I make the cookies smaller and thinner than the recipe states and end up with a large number of cookies to pack.

  • DJHinAZ | 12/24/2007

    Very good shortbread, although the recipe listed here is missing the amount of sugar. It is 1/2 cup (2:1 ratio butter to sugar for most shortbreads--I had to look it up in my hard copy of FC), but it would be nice to have the recipe corrected here.

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