Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange : Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Each year, Carol organises this hop so we can share cookie recipes and/or add cookie (or sweet treat) recipes to our own files. Some of us also enjoy sharing some Christmas crafty things we've been working on. 

I'm sharing my Lemon & Hazelnut Shortbread, which is a family favourite. Who doesn't love lemony, buttery deliciousness?

I originally found this recipe on the side of a packet of flour. I don't normally make the recipes on the sides of packets of things, but this one must have tickled my fancy and I'm so glad that it did.


Lemon & Hazelnut Shortbread
Makes 26-30

Recipe Ingredients:
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 egg
3/4 cup hazelnuts, ground – plus a little extra for sprinkling on top
2 1/2 cups of plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon of baking powder

Lemon Icing:
1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons of water


Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC or 160ºC if fan forced.
2. Beat the butter, sugar and lemon rind until light and creamy. Beat in the egg. Fold in the hazelnuts, flour and baking powder until a soft dough forms.

3. Shape small balls of dough – approximately 1 tablespoon size and place on baking paper lined trays.
4. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes until slightly golden. Remove and cool. They will firm up when cool.

5. For the lemon icing, combine the ingredients in a small bowl to form a runny icing. Drizzle over the cold biscuits and sprinkle with extra hazelnut.
6. Allow the icing to set and then serve.


* You can substitute the hazelnut for pistachios, almonds or walnuts.


I've been busy making lots of Christmas orders this past couple of weeks, so nothing really new to share here from my sewing room.

Instead, I'd like to leave you with a number of Holiday projects which I've created over the past couple of years. All of these projects have accompanying free tutorials or patterns.










I hope you've found something in this selection that you might want to sew or stitch in the lead up to Christmas.

Now it's time to go and see what everyone else has been baking, making and sewing. Here are the bloggers sharing today. 

December 7
Samelia's Mum (You are here)

For the full list of participants, please stop in and visit with Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Happy Hopping!

30 comments

  1. Oh that’s Lemon 🍋 and Hazelnut shortbread cookies look delicious 😋.. thanks for the recipe and also links to all those gorgeous projects….
    Have a happy fun filled festive season.

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  2. I am going to have to try the lemon and hazelnut shortbreads, they look so yummy. Happy Holidays!

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  3. The lemon and hazelnut shortbreads sound yummy! Surprisingly, I have also found a few family favorites that were included on the side or back of a package. There are a few good ones out there! All of your past makes are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I don't care for hazelnut but I bet I could substitute ground almond - it sounds really good. Love all the Christmas items you share

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  5. Ooooh the shortbread cookies sound wonderful, Anorina! All of your past projects are lovely. I really like the Nutcracker ornament runner! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Shortbread is certainly my "jam". Nothing beats a good shortbread cookie. I loved looking through your gallery of gorgeous Christmas projects. Your photos are the best calorie free, eye candy ever!

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  7. Shortbread cookies are so hard to resist, and yours look so lovely, as do all of your quilts!

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  8. Thanks so much for the recipe and the patterns for the cushions! They are lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. I have a lemon tree just waiting for recipes like this to use the lemons. They look yummy! I love all the beautiful Christmas projects you shared and feel so inspired looking at them. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. The shortbread looks yummy, although I no longer eat cookies! And all of your projects are beautiful.

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  11. Oh my, your cookies look yummy. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I definitely want to make these. And I love all your Christmas projects and creativity too!

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  12. Those cookies look delicious, especially with the ground hazelnuts and lemon drizzle - yum! Your projects make me want to get busy - they are all so pretty.

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  13. Your lemon shortbread cookies sound yummy! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I love the braided tablerunner, too - I've got it bookmarked to give it a try. Lots of Christmas scraps are calling to me!

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  14. The cookies look delicious! I love anything with hazelnuts, and my son loves everything lemon. He'll love these, I am sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Your table runners are wonderful I want to make the braid one. I also love your pillows. I will have to try those cookies. I do love lemon.

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  16. Anorina I am a sucker for any type of shortbread. I often make lemon, almond, hazelnut and orange shortbread, but your recipe combined two of my all time favourites! Thank you for sharing the recipe and so many inspiring, fun projects.

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  17. I love all your Christmas projects

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  18. Oh, yes, this is a must try recipe for me. Yummy, I can't wait, my mouth is all ready watering.

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  19. Anything lemon has to be good....and they sound and look delicious. Lovely festive projects.

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  20. Your cookies look so yummy. I love lemon and hazelnuts, where I grew up they used to be lots of orchards. You have so many pretty projects for Christmas.

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  21. Oh, they look delicious! Love all your Christmas projects too.. so pretty! xx

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  22. Anorina, the cookies look delicious! I'm going to keep that recipe. All of your Christmas projects are beautiful. I'm glad you shared them!

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  23. I love all your projects and these cookies look so good.

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  24. Tasty looking treats, Anorina. Thanks for linking those fun holiday project, as well!!

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  25. These cookies look quite yummy! And what wonderful Christmas projects you've shared! I thank you for that. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  26. Stop!! Your post is too cute. Those cookies look incredible and all the projects look like they're straight out of a special insert in a magazine. Woah! You take my breath away and I can't even find which one I love the most. Thank you so much for sharing. All the best for you and your family...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  27. OK those cookies look fabulous. Need to have some of them sooner rather than later. All of your Christmas sewing and stitching are wonderful and I know I could fit a couple of them in during the next couple of weeks, Thanks.

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  28. Thank you for sharing the recipe! The cookies look delicious. Merry Christmas to you!

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  29. The cookies look great, and I do love shortbread. Than you for the recipe. Your decorations are also very pretty.

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