Friday, October 28, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

I love hazelnuts and during the holiday season, when my mother put out the "traditional" nut bowl, I was the one picking them out to crack:-D  When we lived in the Pacific Northwest, hazelnuts were plentiful and I could always find a vendor at the Farmer's Market selling the nuts and nut flour, which I love baking with.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have been around for awhile and the one thing I've always found is that you have to be careful not to make them too "tooth aching" sweet.  I like to substitute light brown sugar instead of the usual granulated sugar a lot of recipes call for and the chocolate I use is at least 60% cacao along with some unsweetened Dutch Processed Cocoa.  Today, I added some toasted hazelnut flour, which can be purchased at King Arthur Flour or Nuts.com or you can make your own by toasting hazelnuts in a shallow pan, about 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and rub hazelnuts in a kitchen towel to rub the loose skins off, then, place them in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Pulse until finely ground.  The hazelnut flavor also helps in not making these overly sweet, but rich and chocolatey. I think they're perfect to add to my repertoire for the Holiday Cookie Boxes I do each year!

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies
1/3 cup ground hazelnuts or toasted hazelnut flour (if making your own, start with about 2/3 cup of hazelnuts to toast, and pulse in food processor with 2 T granulated sugar.)

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao) chopped and melted in a bowl over a saucepan of barely    simmering water until smooth

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar (for rolling the cookies in)

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.  Add the brown sugar and mix until at high speed until fluffy.  Scrape down the sides once more and add the vanilla, and melted chocolate.  Mix to combine.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, then add it to the batter with the milk.  Mix just until combined.  The dough will be very soft and must be chilled for 2-3 hours.  I divided the dough and placed it in plastic wrap to chill.

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll dough into balls and then roll them (3-4 at a time) in sifted confectioners' sugar (icing sugar).  Arrange on the baking sheet, 2 inches apart.


Bake in the preheated oven, 10-12 minutes.  The cookies are puffed and cracked and edges feel dry, but the centers are still slightly soft.  Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
I thought they looked like spider webs and packaged up some to send to my grands!  I spent last week with my granddaughters and had fun carving pumpkins and baking.  They're such good bakers--just like when I was growing up and loved helping my mom in the kitchen.  Enjoy!



11 comments:

  1. I used to make Chocolate Crinkles years ago. But adding the hazelnut will make they even more delicious!

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    1. It does and made them more "fall-like" for me!

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  2. How could they be not good at baking? You are such a wonderful baker and I can tell from your posts that they love to spend time with you in the kitchen.
    These crinkle cookies look fabulous!

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    1. They do! I want to make baking enjoyable and memorable for them like my mom did for me. XOXO

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  3. What a couple of cutie pies! You're rocking that plaid shirt, too!

    Now these do look like the perfect holiday cookie with so many of the flavors I love.

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  4. Oh, yes please! I adore hazelnuts {hazelnut meringue is sublime}
    What a lovely photo of you and your grand daughters. I'm sure in no time they'll be baking just as well as you
    ~~~Deborah

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  5. Lucky grands to be baking with you, Susan. I can just imagine the fun you had. Adding the hazelnut flour bumps up the flavor of these chocolate crinkles. xoxo ♥

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  6. I love how they aren't flat...And, I like the idea of reducing the overly sweetness. Love these!

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  7. i just loved your chocos these looks inviting .i too like the idea of lessening the sweetness

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  8. The cookies are the perfect treat ♥

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