Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cookies

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just need Chocolate!  I know I do and this is it:-D  So, I made up this cookie with the inspiration of the Hazelnut Crunch from the Chocolate Cake recipe I made a week ago from September's Bon Apetit magazine.  It was just so darn addictive and I knew putting it in a cookie would be satisfying.

I know it's also a week, where kids are heading back to school or doing their last minute school supply shopping, so this cookie is for all the Mom's who deserve the recognition for making this happen.

Hazelnuts remind me of autumn; don't know why, but they're the "nut" I choose most often whenever the weather starts to get cooler.  We're lucky that they're grown here in the Pacific Northwest and in actuality we have them all year round.  My mother called them filberts and besides always being in the "nut" bowl, I remember baking with them often.  Back then, we would roast them in the oven, then, place them in a cotton dish towel and rub all the skins off before baking with them.  The cultivars that grow here have a very thin skin and rubbing is obsolete.  Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat, besides being a good source for thiamine and vitamin B6.  These nuts are made into liqueur, Frangelico and products like Nutella, which is what I used in the "crunch."

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cookies

Hazelnut Crunch: (recipe from Bon Apetit)
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 T unsalted butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts (measure after chopping)
3 cups rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies)

Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a double boiler.

Remove bowl from heat and add the Nutella and chopped hazelnuts.  Don't be concerned if the mixture seizes, it will "relax" once you add in the rice cereal.
Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, lined with parchment and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate bits
1/2 of the Hazelnut Crunch

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together thoroughly.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Add the vanilla and cocoa and mix again.  

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low, scrape down the sides, then, add the mini chocolate bits and Hazelnut Crunch.  Mix on low again to incorporate.
Scoop cookie dough onto the parchment-lined sheet and flatten the tops, slightly with your fingers.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Allow to cool on the tray 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.  The recipe makes 26 three-inch cookies.
These would be perfect to have when the kids arrive home from school too.  I know I always looked forward to that first day with my girls; we could sit down, enjoy some milk and cookies ( M & C's) and I got to hear all about their day--new friends, classes, and how much homework they already had. Enjoy!
 

15 comments:

  1. Oh my these look good! My Mom would love them. She doesn't eat peanuts but loves Hazelnuts! This is going in my recipe file! hugs,Linda

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    1. They're certainly more expensive than other nuts, but so worth it. I love their unique flavor, especially after toasting them.

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  2. Hazelnuts are so good, and with the chocolate are a delightful match! As soon as my kitchen is back in order(we're in the process of removing paper and border, then painting) I'm making these to celebrate! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

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    1. I've had paint to redo my kitchen and family room for almost two months! I'm just hoping I can get it done by the end of the year:-D

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  3. My Dad always called them filberts too!
    Jane x

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    1. I'm wondering if it's a regional thing? Does anyone know why the two names? XOXO

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  4. my husbands sister made this for me for a gift one time...(a great gift!) that was the only time I ever tasted them..now I have this recipe...thank you. they look delicious!

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    1. I got to taste ONE!! before I sent them to a friend, my grandson, my hair stylist and my husband's business partner...they were amazing and I'm going to make up another batch just for ME!!

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  5. just curious....why are hazelnut always seem to paired up with chocolate? why not hazelnut and vanilla or maple? wonder why I'm so different when it comes to chocolate? everybody loves chocolate except me....I can take it or leave it and mostly I leave it. In fact when I was a kid I went for the fireballs, or red, cherry/strawberry flavors.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. Actually it is paired with other things, specifically, raspberry (Linzer Torte). I paired it with chocolate because I used Nutella, which is a hazelnut and milk chocolate spread (think, classy peanut butter!) But, I hear you and fireballs are still one of my favorites...a restaurant in Redmond, WA (Pomegranite) has a bowlful to take one as you leave:-D

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    2. Really...that is so cool that a restaurant have them out instead of regular mints!

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  6. These sound very tempting. Dare I bake a batch - George has no self-control when it comes to anything chocolate!

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    1. There must be some yard work that he could work off the calories:-D!! I know he'll love them as much as the shortbread ones. XOXO

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  7. Wow! :) I thought the hazelnut crunch on the cake as something to over the top, but in a cookie? Great recipe, Susan! And, yes, you should make a batch just for you with that remaining 1/2 batch of crunch. ;) When I made the hazelnut tart a while ago (based on your bakewell tart), I roasted the nuts but had a heck of a time rubbing off the skins. Our nuts must have harder skins...And, I love Nutella, just have to pretend it's not in the house. :) Lv, me

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