- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 packages vanilla sugar (substitute: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 3 teaspoons homemade vanilla sugar)
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ⅝ cup ground hazelnuts
- 1 small bowl melted pure chocolate (optional)
Mix all ingredients and knead by hand into dough. Cover and let rest in the fridge for an hour. Preheat oven to 350° and let the fun begin:
Using either a piping bag, meat grinder (says the German recipe) or cookie press, drop dough in strands, flowers or rings on a baking sheet covered with parchment or Silpat.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly coloring. Let cool completely. Dip some of the cookies in the melted chocolate and let cool (optional).
NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: These cookies are addictive - my family devoured them!