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Almond Hazelnut Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Well, hello there! I can’t tell you how glad I am to be back here with you, sharing some more sweets and recipes and hearing about your baking adventures too.

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I don’t know about you, but the oncoming winter and holiday season has put me in the mood to bake and create.  As a result, I’ve got a new, buttery, nutty-flavored cutout cookie recipe for you, Almond Hazelnut Sugar Cookies.

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Perfectly paired with royal icing, it’s my new favorite.  The classic sugar cookie with a twist, and it holds its shape for the cookie decorating canvas.

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I’m sure it helped contribute to the wintry themed cookies I’m sharing today – I’m loving my new sweater from Ricki’s! Anyone who knows me well knows I love clothes, so I was happy to combine two of my favorite things in one place.

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As a lovely little bonus for my Canadian friends (I’m sorry to my international sweet friends!), I’m hosting an Instagram giveaway for a $50 dollar gift card from Ricki’s! To enter, follow Ricki’s on Instagram @rickisfashion, and leave me a comment on Instagram (here) letting me know you’ve done that. Tag a friend in another comment on Instagram for another entry. (Giveaway begins 9:00 am EST Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 and goes until Friday, December 1st, 2017).  Hope that’s as clear as mud! Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below, and happy baking and shopping!

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Cookie Decorating Tips, Tools & Recipes

Below are all the recipes, decorating tips and tools you’ll need to make these cookies. I’ve shared some of my basic cookie decorating tutorials and flooding and piping lines, but please let me know in the comment section if you have more specific questions about these cookies.

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Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

Decorating Items

What you’ll need (These are affiliate links):

Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing. These cookie decorating basics YouTube videos may also be helpful to get you started.

For piping lines, you’ll need thick icing. If you dip a spoon into the icing and pull straight upwards and lift the spoon away, the icing should form a stiff peak. If you need some tips on piping lines, here’s a video sharing my tips:

 {Video} How to Pipe Straight Lines with Royal Icing

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Short Video of these I made on Instagram:


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Thanks to C.R. Gibson for the cookie design inspiration! The polar bear and color scheme are from a set of holiday stickers made by them.

Happy baking and decorating!



Almond Hazelnut Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Almond Hazelnut Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 2 cups unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour or hazelnut meal
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer on low to medium speed. (Use the paddle attachment). Mix until thoroughly incorporated - for about one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula and mix again for a few seconds more.
  2. Over mixing the butter and sugar in this step will cause too much air to be incorporated into the dough. If you'd like a light and fluffy cookie, that's ideal, however the dough will spread more during baking; not ideal if you'd like the cookie to hold its shape.
  3. Add eggs slowly and mix. Scrape down the bowl with your spatula at least once and mix again.
  4. Add almond extract. Stir to incorporate.
  5. Place your dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. (All purpose flour, hazelnut flour and salt).
  6. Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Place a large tea towel or two small tea towels between the edge of the bowl and the electric mixer so that the flour won't escape. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Remove the tea towels and observe the dough mixing; when it clumps around the paddle attachment it's ready. It's also important at this stage not to over mix the dough (the glutens in the flour develop and the dough can become tough).
  7. Roll the dough out between 2 large pieces of parchment paper. Place on a baking sheet and into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
  8. Roll out the dough further if you need to, and cut out cookie shapes. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
  9. Put cookie dough shapes back into the fridge for 10 minutes to 1 hour to chill again. They will then hold their shape better when baked.
  10. Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176°C.
  11. Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown. The baking time will depend on the size of your cookie.
  12. Let cookies cool to room temperature and decorate!


Butter - The butter needs to be soft, or room temperature. I leave mine out the night before I do my baking. If you forget, you can grate the butter on the largest hole of your box grater, so that the sugar and butter will mix together better.

Baking powder - I don't use baking powder or any other leavening agent in my cutout cookie recipes because the dough will spread and rise more during baking, thereby making the shape of the cookie less crisp.

Chill your dough if it gets too soft work with.

Read these tips here on stopping dough from spreading.

Tips on stopping cookies from spreading during baking.

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  1. November 23, 2017 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    My giiiirl is back 😀

    Thank you for your beautiful creations, your skills that you share with the world.

    I cherish you to the moon and back.

    Oh and good luck to everyone!

    • marian
      November 23, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you Niner! I cherish you to the moon and back too!

  2. November 23, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian, I love it, you are back!
    Stunning how you decorated your cookies! Very helpful hints, how to create and bake the best looking cookies! Beautiful work again!

    • marian
      November 23, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Thank you Maria Theresia! I appreciate your comments! xo

  3. Esther
    November 23, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Marion
    I so enjoy your tutorials! I no longer have the B&B, we moved across the street to a smaller old house, so, more time for cookies! Nice to spend some time with you again. Oh, and the tutorial is great, a refresher for me. I’ll try your new recipe.I should be able to get the hazelnut flour at Bulk Barn, eh? 😉

    • marian
      November 23, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Hi Esther,
      Good to “see” you again! Definitely a change, no more B&B!:) Glad you have more time for cookies! It really is nice to see you here, although we’ve never even met in person.
      Yes, you can buy it at Goodness Me (a health food store, not sure if it’s in your area), a bulk food store, or at your local grocery store – you’d have to ask the bakery employees if they have some you could buy… Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t).
      Happy baking!

    • marian
      November 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      p.s. You can also make it yourself if you like… just buy the hazelnuts without the shell and grind them up (I have a blendtec blender… it does help to have a nice blender).

  4. November 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful!!

  5. Roshini
    November 28, 2017 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Amazing designs and So Beautiful cookies! and I love the fact that you are back!! I was hoping to see a video on the music notes cookies….

    • marian
      December 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi Roshini,
      Thanks for commenting! I appreciate you! I just posted a short video on Instagram and will try and embed it here now. Happy baking!

  6. Mae
    November 30, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial!!!!
    And such a good twist to regular sugar cookies!!! I will be making this tomorrow but haven’t purchased the ingredients yet.. If I don’t find hazelnut flour, can I use almond flour/meal instead?
    Thanks a lot, sweetie!!

    • December 11, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Mae,
      Absolutely! Sorry for the delayed response, I missed your comment! Happy decorating! xo

  7. Mariceli
    December 1, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Good morning Marian. Can I use almond flour instead of the hazelnut? I have a big new bag of almond flour that I need to use.
    Thank You

  8. Carol
    December 10, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Hello Marian, I made this recipe last night, delicious. They really spread, I had to make the hazelnut meal out of hazelnuts,I sifted and strained the hazelnuts really good. I put the cut outs in the freezer for 10 minutes. What do you think I did wrong.

  9. December 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful cookies, Marian. I’m sure they are yummy too 🙂

  10. December 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful as always, dear Marion! So good to see you back. Happy holidays and all best to you and yours for a healthy and peaceful 2018. ❤️✨

    • marian
      December 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Mia! All the best to you and yours too! xo

  11. Daniela
    February 9, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    your cookies are lovely! I was wondering how you did the snow bear. It’s very pretty. How did you give the 3D effect of the face, legs and tail? Thank you 🙂

  12. Ashley
    February 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian!

    I absolutely adore your decorating skills and you sugar cookie recipe is amazing. I am curious about this recipe, can these almond hazelnut cookies be made in advance and frozen then thawed prior to decirating? I’m concerned the nut may make the cookies texture change after freezing.

  13. tamara REISMAN
    November 15, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Hi. Is there a tutorial of the polar bear?

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