Crunchy Delicious Hazelnut Sticks

There are biscuits you make to impress people – the pretty kind, the indulgent kind, the kind that you look at and ooh and aah. These are clearly not those biscuits, these are the biscuits that you put into the nearest jar and share with a good friend over coffee and really good conversation.┬áThere is something extraordinarily comforting about the crunch of finely chopped hazelnuts toasted to nutty caramelly perfection and I can imagine them disappearing quickly over gossip with friends.

Delicious Hazelnut Crunch Sticks

If you wanted to make these prettier looking you could do so with a little drizzle of chocolate or a dunk in Nutella and some nonpareils. Before gussying them up try them as they are just so you can truly appreciate just how something so simple can be so good.

Added perks? Great hazelnut taste without peeling and toasting hazelnuts AND they are eggless for those avoiding eggs.

Delicious Hazelnut Crunch Sticks

These babies are from Alice Medrich’s book Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy and so far most of the things that I have tried from this book have turned out well including these.

Crunchy Delicious Hazelnut Sticks

On another note, I am sorry for the lack of posts. A crazy combination of time away, failed photos, recipes that I came up with and forgot to write down has meant that I have been an absentee blogger. My instagram followers (@sarahjmir) know that for the most of it I have been cooking and baking away and will have lots to share with you in the coming weeks!

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Ultrathin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes the pictures in cookbooks really mess with me. Like this one below. See how beautiful that looks?

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Well when my ultra thin cookies came out of the oven they had none of the lacy beauty of the ones above which obviously led me to fervently googling other blogs to see what their results looked like. Apparently many were quite close to mine. After breathing a confused sigh of relief I realized that the picture in the book is the back of the cookie. Oh Alice Medrich you are so sneaky.

Somehow though I forgot to try them (!?!) so I cannot tell you what they are like warm and out of the oven, but I know they are very good that day and the next. It is the kind of thin crunchy chewy cookie that you really enjoy because it is so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Thankfully the recipe makes only 15 so the damage to me was limited. Also I did hide them from my 2 year old and then kinda forgot where for a day so I got to spread out the enjoyment!

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