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June 18, 2011

Croquets Bourbonnais - Crispy Hazelnut and Almond Wafer

Croquet s Bourbonnais is a crisp paper-thin wafer cookie named for Quai de Bourbonne which is a favorite spot in Paris.  A boulangerie nearby makes this unique brittle like cookie that has really gained popularity for quite some time. They look dark brown and rectangular. A cookie like none other I must say.

Croquets Bourbonnais

1/4 pound whole hazelnuts
1/4 pound whole almonds
2 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
2 cups unbleached flour sifted
3/4 cup egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

The ingredients are creamed together well, rolled thinly and baked. I have this recipe but did not follow it to the tee. I made some changes according to my personal taste and mode of cooking. I cut the sugar in half and use demerara. Added 2 egg yolks and  3/4 of a stick of butter. I also used almonds without the brown skin. I found this variation really nice and slightly different and better in texture. I always recommend testing things in the kitchen and have better result  in the process.  
To make this version, grind the hazelnut and the almonds finely and mix the ingredients to a sticky paste. 

Roll a third of the paste very thinly with the aid of a cling film and a small dowel. At least 1/8 of an inch thin.
With the film still on the paste, score lightly 3'' by 4'' rectangles then remove the film and bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes or untill lightly golden.
Remove the silpat onto your counter to cool then flip it to peel off the silicon mat. 

Then carefully separate the rectangles carefully and they are ready to enjoy.

Serve this crispy treat as it is or with your favorite ice cream. 


  1. This is very nice, a different recipe to make in Brazil

    See you
    Daniel Deywes

  2. thanks arthur for the recipe and instructions. I'll keep note on this. I think i would make multiple layers like a sanwich cookie to go with ice cream. Yeah, i hope one day i have the opportunity to visit CA and also to meet you . have a nice weekend!

  3. Hazelnut and almond? I definitely would love these!

  4. This is amazing, and thanks fos this recipe, is one of my I can do it :D

    Nice day!

  5. Deliciosas wafers!!!
    Imagino com "Ice Cream", uma tentação!!!
    Um beijos e bom fim de semana.

  6. I wrote a comment, but it's gone...I will do it!!....I love these crispy and elegant biscuits!!.....wonderful.....Abrazotes, Marcela

  7. So thin and crispy! Love using nuts in baked goods - now wondering if I have the patience to roll these thin enough or if I will get mad at them. But then you suggested pairing with them with ice cream and I started imagining all sorts of wonderful flavors...

  8. complimenti, michelangelo! sicuramente è una delizia! annoto la ricetta, così la provo anch'io! un bacio! :)

  9. No las conocía para nada, suenan muy ricas, me encantan las galletas ultra crocantes.

  10. This is my kind of wafer , hazelnuts n almonds ~ so yum,can't wait to make this.Thanks for sharing :)
    US Masala

  11. Love these! look delight and delicate!! love them!xgloria

  12. mmmm looks healthy and delicious!

    have a nice day,

  13. Crispy wafer looks awesome perfect.

  14. Brilliant recipe, I have to bake these delicious cookies...


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