Friday, July 23, 2010

Toasted Hickory Nut Butter Cookies


Toasted Hickory Nut Butter Cookies

I was told I would never go back to the Pecan. Slave to the Hickory Nut hence forth. I stopped at a Hickory Nut stand at the local market, the two gentle old souls convinced me that the Hickory Nut put the Pecan to shame! Really? Pecans are so buttery and delicious, how could one dare say that this tinier sibling of the Pecan would be any bit tastier? An older woman piped in from behind..."You will never make a Pecan Pie again! The hickory nut is so much tastier." and then in agreement, the two elderly vendors oohed and ahhed in delight at such a delicious reference. I was sold. How could I argue with 3 people who had been baking for twice as long as I had been living!


$10.00 later, I left with a 1/2 lb of these most delicious nuts. What would I make? Savory, sweet? The nuts sat in their baggie all week long. It wasn't until Thursday night, 5 nights later, that I had a chance to make something. We were in for a long  night of storms. What better thing to do than make cookies. These cookies turned out divine... almost like (heaven for bid) Butter Pecan Ice Cream in a cookie!


Toasted Hickory Nut Butter Cookies - Buttery and Crispy

Set oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place 1 cup of hickory nuts on sheet and toast in oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool and then chop until in small bits. You still want chunks, but not a nut meal! Turn oven down to 325.
In mixer with paddle attachment, blend 2 sticks, 1/2 pound of GOOD Butter. I use Organic Valley Unsalted as they are local and their butter is top notch. Add in 3/4 cup organic sugar, brown or white, your choice. I used unbleached sugar but I am sure brown would be delicious. Toss in 1 tsp. good vanilla and 1 tsp salt. (the salt brings out the maple flavor of the nuts) Add in 2 cups white spelt flour (can use wheat - I subbed spelt for a wheat free recipe). Mix until the dough comes together and add in your nuts. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.


Take dough ball out of fridge. Cut ball in half with pastry cutter, place 1/2 in fridge. Roll out your dough on a floured surface. It will be thick, roll carefully. You want the dough to fairly thin. Cut with your favorite cookie cutter, I used triangles, and place on cookie sheet. 3 rows of 4 cookies. Leave space as these are very butter spread. If your dough has warmed up too much, place in the fridge for 5 minutes to set up.
Cook for about 13 minutes, check. Pull out at 13 minutes for a more tender cookie. Keep in for 15 minutes to caramelize the butter a bit and get a nutter flavor. 
Try not to eat them all in one sitting!
Loads of Food Love! ♥♥♥ Miss Megan



25 comments:

  1. I don't think I've tasted a hickory nut, or even seen them, come to think about it. I don't think we have hickory trees here in the Pacific Northwest. My family is in Spring Green though, so I'll have to ask them about hickory nuts when I get a chance.

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  2. It's weird, there's not much pictures or information on the internet about hickory nut. I'm thinking of asking my mother in law to get me some on her next trip back home from US.

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  3. I don't remember ever seeing or tasting hickory nuts, but you can be sure I will be looking for them! Those cookies look to die for....and your images are almost 3D....I am in awe!!!

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  4. Hmmmm/// Okay - Well ladies and gents... maybe I will have to have a "give away" I never thought I would do one... but Hickory Nuts would be a good choice since no one seems to have tasted one. I had a hard time too finding information on the internet. Maybe I will ask the couple who was selling them if they would share more info with me - loads of foodie love! ♥♥♥ megan

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  6. Oh these are new to me, they look lovely. I want to nibble on some.

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  7. These cookies look amazing! Idon't think I have tasted hickory nuts but will keep a lookout for them.

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  8. Biren... these are sooo delicious....hickory nuts really are amazing. Send me your mail address via email please.

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  9. These look awesome! Were the Hickory nuts worth the extra money? I might have to go look for some at the farmer's market!

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  10. The cookies look so good. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am now following you. Hickory nuts are a member of the walnut family. They are delicious. Kat

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  11. Megan,
    I'm so glad you visited my blog today...because it brought me to these cookies, and my oh my, they sound so good. I love going to farmer's markets and trying new foods. It sounds like you made a great find and created a great cookie!

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  12. These cookies sounds fantastic and you've such a lovely blog here! Have to check out that hickory nuts from the site. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Kristy.

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  13. I'm so sold on hickory nuts. Haven't tried them yet - but now I'm going to be looking for some! Lovely post, delicious looking cookies - thanks for sharing. :)

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  14. I am on a quest to find hickory nuts so I can make these delicious cookies!

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  15. Thank you ladies! You all are so kind and sweet - I love finding new blogs and every one of you has a fantastic blog with your own unique spin - The hickory nuts were fantastic.... really they do put pecans in the back seat.

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  16. I've actually never eaten hickory nuts, but I'm pretty sure they grow around here. From what I've heard, their shells are very hard to crack open. I wonder why they're not widely available like walnuts and pecans...I may have to go on an internet search for them, as these cookies sound and look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. I love hazelnuts and your cookies look like a perfect way to use them! They look so buttery and wonderful.

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  18. Beautiful...scrumptious... divine...you sold me. Now where do I find hickory nuts?

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  19. Well if I could start a Hickory nut business I would! We get ours at our local market. I have also heard that they are hard to crack open and very time consuming... but worth the effort. In searching... I found a website to the very same gentleman I purchased the nuts from... here it is.
    http://www.rayshickorynuts.com/index.html

    Now he has them listed at 24.00 per pound. Whoa mama... How bouts I offer some up as a giveaway treat!

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  20. What fantastic cookies (and photos). I imagine there is zero hope of me finding hickory nuts in Ireland, but I'll try!!

    Love your blog and am following now :-}}

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  21. These cookies look so good, plus the bow, too cute! I've never had a hickory nut... hmm!!

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  22. wow, no kidding. I have seen them at the markets, but never bought them. They sound delicious!

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  23. I think the hickory nuts were worth the extra $$$ for sure. Especially after you see how much effort goes into shelling them.

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  24. I've got two words for you ... YUM-EEEEEE!

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  25. We used to have a hickory nut tree in our yard when I was growing up. We'd gather them and give 'em to my grandma and she'd crack them while she watched TV or listened to the radio. Then she'd make some cookies with them and send them our way. I'm pretty sure they weren't as delish as these, though! Awesome photos, too!

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