hazelnut rochers

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Yield: 25-30 little cookies
Preheat: 350 degrees
 
1 cup toasted nuts like hazelnuts or almonds, chopped
2 egg whites, room temp
1 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt (just a pinch, really)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
1. Get a water bath going by placing 2 inches of water in a saucepan.  Simmer on medium.
 
2. In a Kitchen Aid (or other electric mixer) bowl, combine whites, sugar & salt.  Whisk together.
 
3. Place mixing bowl on top of the water bath.  Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.  Heat while whisking until whites are hot (approx. 120 degrees F).  It should take about 5 minutes.
 
4. Remove bowl from water bath and place into mixer stand.  Whisk on high until glossy, stiff peaks are achieved.  Gently fold in vanilla extract and nuts with a rubber spatula.
 
5. Grab a gallon-size freezer bag to use as a piping bag.  Place meringue into bag.  Cut one bottom edge of the bag to make a 1/2 inch opening.  On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pipe out 1 inch “kisses” that are spaced 1 1/2 inches apart.
 
6. Bake with the oven door held ajar with a wooden spoon handle to release moisture.  Cookies will be ready in 15 to 20 minutes when dry to the touch and cracked in appearance.  Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.  Do not refrigerate.
 
7. (Optional) For chocolate dipped rochers, melt chocolate over a water bath until smooth and liquid.  Be sure to avoid getting any water in your bowl of chocolate or it will seize up on you.  When cookies have cooled, pick up by the tip and dip into chocolate, shake off excess chocolate, then set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at room temperature.  Once set, store in an airtight container.
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2 Responses to hazelnut rochers

  1. dubudarling says:

    Great Pics…I was a lucky recipient of these rochers and they were like airy pieces of gold. Delicious!

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