Mustachudo (Jon Varsano Recipe)

mustachudos and biscochos with various toppings

Mustachudo (Jon Varsano Recipe)

  • Ingredients

    • 3 cups of hazelnuts (filberts)
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 Tbs of honey
    • 1 Tbs of orange zest
    • 1 tsp of cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg (cloves or allspice may also be substituted)
    • Powdered sugar, as desired
    • Optional
      • 1/2 cup of small semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
    2. Add hazelnuts and sugar to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is a paste-like consistency.
    3. Mix in zest, honey, and spices. Optional: separate half of the dough and add chocolate chips. I like to make 1/2 the batch with chocolate and half without to appeal to a variety of palettes.
    4. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and add teaspoon-sized drops of cookie dough on paper. Leave approximately 2 inches of space between cookies.
    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Allow cookies to cool on a cooking rack.
    6. Dust the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar. Use fine sieve for dusting. Serve with tea or coffee, or store in a sealed container.

mustachudo batter