Rose's Hazelnut Praline Cookies
are the perfect accompaniment for a cup of coffee.
If you drink coffee.
I didn't for twenty seven years until my
mother in law asked if I would like a cup.
And darn if that wasn't the best
cup of coffee.
See that little creamer?
That was her's.
I loved when they brought cream with the coffee
or maple syrup with pancakes in these little jugs
at road side diners years ago.
So the gist of these cookies are this;
find raw hazelnuts, boil them in baking soda water,
strain, pop them in a plastic box with a lid and shake the
dickens out of them.
Rub off any stubborn bits of remaining skin,
and put them in the oven to roast.
Mix up a caramel syrup
(add a little Golden Syrup just because
it's so good)
not to set off smoke alarms.
Pour over toasted hazelnuts and let cool,
then pulverize in a food processor.
Next is simple flour, sugar, egg, vanilla,
baking soda, butter and salt (a bit of dark
Muscavado because I forgot to cream the butter
with eggs and sugar)
mixed together into a soft dough
with the hazelnut praline blended in.
Roll into balls, bake,
and have yourself a nice little sit down.
Rose Levy Beranbaum