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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

These nutty, melt-in-your mouth chocolate hazelnut cookies are a treat for any tea, shower or holiday spread.

Serve plain or dipped in chocolate and more nuts.

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

I love plain buttery shortbread with a cup or coffee or tea.  It’s like a comfort dessert. These chocolate hazelnut cookies are simply shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate with hazelnuts. The hazelnuts add great texture and taste. The hazelnut flavor is not just a hint. It’s prominent, especially if you sprinkle extra on top of the chocolate smear. 

The hazelnut shortbread cookies are pretty simple to make and a nice addition to the holiday showcase.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Cookies are first formed into balls. You can flatten them into circles with the bottom of a glass or use fork tines to flatten and make criss-cross patterns. Or, cookies can also be formed into rectangles.
  • Instead of spreading chocolate on half the cookies, you can dip half the cookie into melted chocolate or even drizzle on melted chocolate (white and dark).
  • Use toasted walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts instead of hazelnuts.
  • Skip the chocolate and extra nuts and just sprinkle the shortbread lightly with icing/powdered sugar.

Make-ahead chocolate hazelnut cookies

  • These shortbread cookies can be made weeks ahead and frozen, when cooled completely, in a sealed container. If you want to store them in a sealed ziploc bag, you can store them plain, then add the chocolate and nuts (if desired) the day of or day before serving.

Other easy treats to make

flour, icing sugar, nuts, chocolate chips, salt, butter, vanilla
Ingredients: flour, icing sugar, nuts, chocolate chips, salt, butter, vanilla

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dough balls on baking sheet

baked cookies on rack

cookies dipped in chocolate and hazelnuts

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

These nutty, melt-in-your mouth chocolate hazelnut cookies are a treat for any tea, shower or holiday spread. Serve plain or dipped in chocolate and more nuts.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 40 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup softened butter (2 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/3 cup icing/powdered sugar
  • pinch salt (or 1/2 tsp if using unsalted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup ground toasted hazelnuts (NOTE 1)

Topping (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or other chocolate for melting
  • 1/2 cup ground toasted hazelnuts

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 325F/163C. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • MAKE DOUGH: With electric beaters (or wooden spoon), beat butter. Add icing sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Gradually add flour a bit at a time, beating in until well incorporated. Stir in ground hazelnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.
  • FORM COOKIES: Use your hands to make small balls (36-44) with the dough (about 1-1 1/2 inches diameter) and place them on the lined cookie sheet. Use bottom of small glass to lightly flatten each ball to about 1/3 inch thick. Dip glass bottom in flour periodically to avoid glass sticking to dough. (Alternatively, use tines of fork to flatten in criss-cross pattern).
  • BAKE: Bake for 10-13 minutes until bottom of cookies are light brown. Tops remain fairly pale. Cool on racks. Note 2.
  • ADD CHOCOLATE/NUT TOPPING (OPTIONAL): If desired, melt chocolate chips in glass pyrex measuring cup or bowl in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. You will have to do this about 3 times. The last few pieces will melt on their own when you stir until creamy smooth. Use a knife to spread chocolate on half the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with ground hazelnuts. Instead of chocolate and nuts, you can dust cookies lightly with icing sugar.

Notes

  1. To make your own ground toasted hazelnuts: Heat oven to 350F. Place about 2 cups hazelnuts on lined baking pan. Roast for 10-15 minutes until fragrant. They will darken a shade. Don't let them burn. Let cool enough to handle. Over the pan, take a handful at a time and rub between two hands - skins will flake off. Alternatively, place in towel and rub together. Repeat with all hazelnuts. Don't worry if a bit of skin remains but try to get most off as skins can be bitter. Put in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Make Ahead/Freeze: These cookies can be made weeks ahead and frozen, when cooled completely, in a sealed container. If you want to store them in a sealed ziploc bag, you can store them plain, then add the chocolate and nuts (if desired) the day of or day before serving.
 
Nutrition values are estimates

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This recipe comes from An Italian In My Kitchen.

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