Ugly But Good Cookies with Sweet Maria’s - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Ugly But Good Cookies with Sweet Maria’s


"Brutti ma Buoni" "Ugly but  Good"

Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Meringues

With Sweet Maria's Bakery

 **Be sure to not chop the nuts too much. just a few pulses. The large chunky hazelnuts give these cookies their character. Add egg whites, as needed.  If the dough is too wet, the cookies will spread too much. Don't over bake them and cool on parchment paper.


2 cups hazelnuts, roasted and skinned, very coarsely chopped

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 to 2  egg whites


1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Roast and skin the hazelnuts.Place hazelnuts onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Remove nuts from the oven and place them in a clean kitchen towel. Roll towel back and forth on a hard surface to release skins from the nuts. Discard the skins.

2. Lower the oven to 350 F.

3. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended. Add hazelnuts and stir until mixed.

4. Add one egg white and stir to moisten the mixture. It will be thick and hard to stir. If there is not enough moisture to hold the mixture together, add more egg white, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture is moistened, but not runny.

5. Drop teaspoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until  firm.

7. Remove pan from the oven. Let cookies cool on parchment paper. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Makes about 40.



Get your own copy of her book Small, Sweet, and Italian, Tiny, Tasty Treats from Sweet Maria's Bakery

Click here for more information on her Book signings!

-Tuesday, September 24, 2013,6:30 pm. at Sweet Maria's , 159 Manor Avenue, Waterbury CT.

-Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6 to 9 pm at Middlebury Consignment, Middlebury , CT, Join Maria at this special wine and cheese event hosted by WFSB's Scot Haney. Spotlighting Connecticut Cheese and Wine , and benefiting Channel 3 Kid's Camp and the Working Land Alliance.

-Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:30 pm  Manross Library,  Forestville CT. Join Maria for a presentation, tasting and signing.

-Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6 to 8 pm  Barnes and Noble, 25 Union Street Waterbury CT for Connecticut Authors Night

-Sunday, October 20, 2013   Middlebury Consignment, Middlebury CT.  4-6 pm for a tasting and book signing,  6-9 pm  Small, Sweet and Italian Pastry class,   featuring recipes from the cookbook.

-Tuesday, October 29th,  6-9 pm at Middlebury Consignment Small Sweet and Italian pastry class.

-Wednesday, October 6, 2013 3 pm Southbury Public Library, Southbury CT.

-Friday, November 8, 2013, St. Mary Magdalen School Wine Tasting

-Saturday, November 23, 2013 1 pm, Otis Library, Norwich CT.