The most requested cookies during the holidays. Ever so good!!!!

Two traditional holiday ingredients -- nuts and citrus -- are combined with a third: butter.


1 1/2 cups hazelnuts (about 6 ounces), toasted, skins removed
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons sanding sugar

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Process nuts in a food processor until finely chopped, about 20 seconds (do not overprocess). Transfer nuts to a large bowl; add flour, granulated sugar, butter, zest, and salt. Mix with hands until dough just comes together and forms a ball.
    With lightly floured hands halve dough; shape into disc and roll into desired thickness, we recommend a generous 1/4 inch) and using cutter create shapes. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Repeat with remaining disk and sanding sugar.
Bake until golden brown.