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Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

August 26, 2013

Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

My younger brother is currently en-route to France to visit his girlfriend. Being the caring sister that I am I didn’t just want to send him off on a 10-hour train journey with a simple sandwich but opted to bake some real good cookies instead. He made sure to have a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones on his laptop and there’s hardly anything better than cookies to munch on while watching Ned and co. do their thing.

Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t usually something I would like. For years I preferred denser butter biscuits over chewy cookies but after trying these I might have to change my mind about that. These cookies, according to my very humble opinion, are everything that a good cookie ought to be. The edges are golden and slightly crusty, the center is soft and chewy and every bite is filled with extra big chocolate chunks. And as if that weren’t already enough, I added roasted hazelnuts into the mix. Beyond delicious, let me tell you.

Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

I tend to think that roasting nuts makes them even better. They become more flavorful with added crunch. I even prefer roasted almond butter to the unroasted equivalent. The crunch and flavor is one of the many components that make the cookies so good. Every single bite is guaranteed to be filled with chocolate and roasted hazelnuts – it’s basically like devouring a spoonful of nutella or chocolate spread. Just better, that is.

 

Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

makes 16 cookies {depending on  the size of cookies and batter consumed while baking}

Ingredients:

  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g 70% chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 75g hazelnuts, roasted {see notes}
  • 150g butter
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Begin by browning the butter in a small pot {see notes}. Add the vanilla and set aside.
  3. In a kitchen mixer on medium speed, mix together flour, baking powder, sugars and salt und combined. Add one egg at a time and continue beating.
  4. Next slowly add the browned butter. Beat until combined. Then throw in the chopped chocolate and roasted hazelnuts. Using a spatula stir until the chocolate and hazelnuts are well incorporated in the cookie batter, but do not over-stir!
  5. Measure out approximately 1-1.5 tbsp. of batter and roll a ball of dough. Lay out 4-6 dough balls on the baking sheet {I fit 6 cookies per baking sheet}.
  6. Bake the cookies 10-12 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the center is still soft and chewy {I baked mine for 12 minutes}.
  7. Let the cookies rest on a cooling rack.

Notes:

  • For a great tutorial on how to properly brown butter, I really like this “how-to” by Megan from Country Cleaver.
  • Roasting the hazelnuts is very simple: place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in the oven at 180°C for 20-30 minutes. I like mine more toasty {almost burned} but the level of toastiness is of course personal preference. When the hazelnuts are roasted to perfection transfer them to a slightly damp tea towel and rub off the skin. Ta-da! Now they are ready to be thrown into the cookie batter. FYI: for those who prefer to use unroasted hazelnuts but don’t want all the hazelnut skin in your batter, this tutorial is great for you!

Dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Cookies

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4 Comments

  • Reply Christine@ appleofmyeye August 26, 2013 at 6:36 am

    These look SO good! And I think they’re the perfect accompaniment with Game of Thrones. That series is seriously addicting!

    • Reply Antonia August 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I have yet to become addicted, but it seems everyone else is really into Game of Thrones!

  • Reply Kathryn August 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Love the combination of dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts – these sound like the perfect fuel for a long train journey!

  • Reply Bec G August 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Ooooh these look delicious. I’m such a huge fan of nutella so these sound perfect. I’ve never browned butter before though, so maybe I’ll have to try.

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