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Brutti Ma Buoni (Ugly But Good) Cookies

In Italy, these light and crispy cookies are called "Brutti Ma Buoni" - translating to "ugly but good"! They'll have a different look all over Italy, and they come in all different sizes too (we made ours extra large!).

This is the Giadzy take on the recipe that makes it much easier to whip up, and the result is absolutely divine. A crisp and crackly outside, with soft and chewy candied hazelnut goodness on the inside. You'll win everyone over with a batch of these.

PS - you can make the recipe even quicker by buying peeled hazelnuts and skipping the DIY peeling process!

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Brutti Ma Buoni (Ugly But Good) Cookies

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Servings

8

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

55 minutes

Calories

288

Author:

Giadzy

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts, unpeeled
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the hazelnuts on a straight sided baking sheet and roast them until fragrant, about
  3. 14 minutes. Remove them from the oven and place the nuts on a clean kitchen towel. Rub the hazelnuts in the towel to remove the skins. If a few stay on, that is okay. Allow the hazelnuts to cool before coarsely chopping them. Line the tray with parchment paper and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  4. Add the egg whites to a medium bowl. Using a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla and beat again until medium peaks form, another 4 minutes. Fold in the chopped hazelnuts.
  5. Divide the batter into 12 mounds on the prepared baking sheet, about 1/3 cup each. Bake until the outsides are dry and crispy, but the insides are set but still slightly soft, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
8
per serving
Calories
288
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
36 grams
Protein
5 grams
Fat
15 grams
Saturated Fat
1 grams
Sodium
80 milligrams
Fiber
2 grams
Sugar
32 grams
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