Desserts and cookies

Little vanilla shortbread balls

January 19, 2014

On Friday, I saw on the internet a funny card saying “Wohoo it’s Friday! Oh wait… I’m a mother”.  I really made smile and realise how true it is.  As much as I love my kids and spending time with them, weekends are definitely not the same restful weekends we used to have before parenthood.  With 2 kids of 1 and 3, weekends are made of endless laundry, folding clothing, cleaning, groceries…  And each monday, with a teacher from the day care, we joke how my weekend is actually starting the monday morning in my office with my coffee!

But you know what?  I would not trade my life for anything,  This is all worth it and as for the tiredness, add a little sweetness with those vanilla shortbread balls!

So buttery and nutty in your mouth, you can NOT eat just one!



Enjoy and have a wonderful week!


Little vanilla shortbread balls


  • 50g of almond powder
  • 50g of hazelnut powder
  • 250g of flour
  • 50g of sugar + a cup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200g of soft butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 table spoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients: almond and hazelnut powders, flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Mix it.
  3. Add the butter previously cut in pieces and then the egg yolks.
  4. Add the vanilla extract
  5. Mix it and work the dough so it becomes a ball and the ingredients are mixed together and hold. It will not look smooth.
  6. Shape it as you wish. I found that making little balls is easier as it is very fragile when it comes out of the oven.
  7. Bake it in a warm oven at 190C for about 10-12 minutes.
  8. Let it cool down and toss it in the cup of sugar that you have previously mix with the vanilla powder

Edit (May 2014): Sorry for the mistake in the recipe, I have written aveline powder but aveline is in French and I was so sure you could say it in English too! It is hazelnut! Silly me.

I buy hazelnut and put them in the food processor. No need to peel them. 

  1. these look very enticing but where does one get the various “powders” ? i never heard of vanilla powder before and what is aveline powder ? almond powder is or is not the same as almond flour ? do tell

  2. Hi Katherine, aveline powder is another word for hazelnut powder. I actually buy the whole aveline and put them in the food processor to get a powder. As for the vanilla powder, I must admit, I got it as a gift from somebody that went to Madagascar (with a bunch of beans too) and I have never seen any since.
    I hope this helps!
    Thank you for visiting Bon Appét’Eat!

  3. Hi Melanie!

    The little shortbread bites look delightful! I am intrigued by one of the ingredients: aveline powder. I’ve never heard of it, so I appreciate the explanation in your previous comment! Do you de-skin the hazelnuts before you grind them in the food processor? Thank you for a beautiful post! Well done! I think I’ll give these a try!

  4. HI Katherine, I actually made an edit… So sorry! I am a silly French making words, no such word as aveline in English apparently! 🙂 I updated the recipe too! Try it out now that is makes more sense.

  5. Hi Traci, so made some research and it turns out that aveline is not a word in English as I thought eheh! So it is just hazelnuts. I do not de-skin them before grinding them. Let me know if you try them.

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