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Hazelnut-Vanilla Shortbread

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Although made with a nontraditional flour, these gluten-free hazelnut shortbread bars are comfortingly familiar and crumbly.

  • Yield: Makes 18

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2009

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved for another use
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown-rice flour
  • 3 ounces blanched hazelnuts, finely ground (1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides.

  2. Cream butter, vanilla seeds, and sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, hazelnuts, and salt. Press into pan; freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Score shortbread into 18 pieces; bake until gold, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes; unmold using overhang. Let cool on a wire rack. Cut into pieces. Shortbread will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

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