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Hazelnut Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Yield: 0 bars, depending on how they are cut 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 sticks salted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Use spray oil to liberally grease a 15.25 X 10.25 X .75 inch baking tray.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  3. Mix together hazelnut meal and baking powder in the measuring cup. Add to the butter sugar mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Add the flour and mix until a sticky dough is formed.
  4. Use hands to press the dough into the prepared baking sheet. The dough should fill the sheet and come close to the top of the sheets edges. Pat so that the top is relatively flat and even.
  5. Bake the cookies at 350* for 25 to 28 minutes. The cookies will be light golden brown on top, a touch darker on the edges but still be soft in the center when touched.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Turn the cookies out on to a sheet of parchment paper or foil to cool the rest of the way before decorating. Decorate if desired then slice in even squares when completely cooled and icing had dried.

Notes

Almond flour can be substituted for the hazelnut meal for a nice variation. To make the recipe nut free, omit the hazelnut meal and add an additional cup of flour.