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Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies (Husaren-Krapferln)

  • Author: Liz
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


European baked goods just make my mouth water, especially at Christmas time.  Nuts and dried fruits play a large role in holiday baked goods – think Stollen.  These cookies are a delicious classic, made with finely ground hazelnuts, flour, and of course, butter!


  • 1 3/4 sticks salted butter (only use real butter!)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbl Vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large egg YOLKS
  • 1 cup finely ground unblanched hazelnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberry jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large electric mixer bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg yolks and beat on low speed for about one minute more.
  4. Add the hazelnuts and the flour, and beat on very low speed (or by hand) until you have a nice dough.
  5. Lightly grease a baking sheet.  Roll the dough into balls of about the size of a meatball ( 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches diameter).  Place the balls on the baking sheet about one inch apart, then press a well into the center of each ball with your thumb.
  6. Spoon a little bit of jam into each well.   Bake the cookies for 13 to 15 minutes, until pale tan.  Transfer at once to wax paper and cool to room temperature.


  1. You can decorate the cookies with some powdered sugar once they are completely cooled, completely optional.
  2. Cookies should be stored in an airtight container, layers separated with sheets of wax paper.
  3. I tried using my mini food processor for preparing the ground hazelnuts, but a coffee/spice grinder does a better job of grinding the nuts super fine.  The mini food processor will work in a pinch, just make sure to grind them finely!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: desserts

Keywords: cookies, european, holiday treats, hazelnut cookies, german cookies, german baked goods, thumbprint cookies, europe, german, Christmas cookies



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 I’ve always loved cooking, and spent many years working on the food & beverage side of the hospitality industry, which served to increase my interest in food, wine and entertaining.