Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Carajitos" Hazelnut Cookies

The "Carajitos de Profesor" are tipical from Salas, a small village in Asturias. They are delicious. How only three ingredients: hazelnuts, sugar and egg whites, can be combined to become these is almost a miracle. The original recipe is a secret, but they are easy to copy. There are different brands that sell them here and quite a number of variations: with anisette liquor, with honey... but the best still are the originals. I don't believe in accuracy in the kitchen, some grams up or down don't make the difference (is my modest opinion) and it depends on your taste also...

Nowadays we are a little bit obsessed with health and diet. Well, these cookie don't have one gram cholesterol... but they are not suitable for diabetics either!

Anyway, here is my version:

Hazelnut Carajitos

  • 250 gr. rosted hazelnuts
  • 180 gr. sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Grind hazelnuts with a tablespoon sugar.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar and grated hazelnuts with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add egg whites, one at a time. You should have a moist dough.
  4. Make balls and put them on a lined baking sheet. Put them not to close to one another, they will spand.
  5. Let cool in the fridge about 10 minutes.
  6. Bake at 200ÂșC for 15 minutes. Be careful. If you overbake them, they will be hard. They should still be moist inside and golden outside.
Bon apetite!