I love hazelnuts, but the ones I find in Texas are often a bit stale. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve eaten enough good hazelnuts to know the hazelnuts I’ve been getting out of the bulk bin aren’t top of the line. And frankly, if I’m going to go to the trouble of skinning them, I need the nuts to be great!
Last week I got an email from a company called Oh Nuts asking if I’d like a sample. It finally occurred to me that I could probably get much better hazelnuts, pre-roasted and fully skinned, on-line. I told Oh Nuts I would love to try a pound of their hazelnuts.
The nuts arrived Friday and they are delicious! Definitely better than what I could buy at the store and pre-skinned, pre-chopped. Oh Nuts charges $8.99 a pound for hazelnuts and given all the time saved, that is a bargain.
Because the nuts were skinned, toasted and ready to go, these bars came together in no time. I made a half batch in a 9 inch square pan, but if you need them for a party, you can make the original version which is made in a 15×10 inch pan.
The bars are a little different. They remind me of buttermilk or chess pie studded with hazelnuts, so if you like buttermilk pie, these are similar but without the twang. My mistake was not chopping the nuts enough, so make sure you chop the nuts.