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12.02.2009

We Bake Bon Appetit...Day 2: Hazelnut - Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chips


Who doesn't love a good Chocolate Chip Cookie? When I saw this recipe for Hazlenut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips on Bon Appetit's Holiday Slide Show I was sold. Certain Someone even had a few of these. I have never been a fan of nuts in my baking. But Hazelnuts, Almonds, and pecans are the exception. Oh and Pistachios! OK , maybe I need to revise this. What I haven't been a fan of in baking is peanuts, And I have seen many a good cookie ruined with Peanut Butter, But a Hazelnut Butter? Now we are talking!
Baking cookies over 12 days is costly, and I was not trying to add any more expense than I had to. Rather than but Hazlenut butter, I decided to make my own with the scant amount of hazlenuts I had in my cupboard. I added a few almonds too and blended it up with a drizzle of vegetable oil to form a paste( like making a hazelnut praline). I confess I threw in a tablespoon of Nutella too to make up the difference! Nutella is not hazelnut butter , but a spread of hazelnut chcolate, and milk. It couldn't hurt. I also did not have mini chocolate chips , and used regular dark chocolate chips.
These cookies baked up to perfection! Really buttery and crips. The nut oils with the butter yielded a excellent crisp texture. Be sure to follow the directions and chill the dough for the 2 hours required before baking. You can find the recipe here.

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11 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Very innovative Courtney making your own nut butter..adding a touch of Nutella is the secret ingredient.

RJ Flamingo said...

Courtney, you are the McGuyver of the kitchen! Your solution to the hazelnut butter problem was not only inspired, but probably improved this recipe. Hats off to you, girlfriend!

Chef Fresco said...

Mmm these sound good! Esp w the hazelnuts!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Yummmm! I love that you made your own nut butter for this and added Nutella! I bet they were delicious!

Di said...

Wow, very resourceful! =) Sounds like your cookies turned out great.

Amanda said...

They came out great! Bet they were delicious :)

kellypea said...

These are definitely on my list. We'll call it a break from rolling (gasp!) Don't you just love it when you can use things right out of the pantry instead of having to run to the store?

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Yummy cookies. I love choco chip anything :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great cookies! They look really good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Petergaye S. Kisielewicz/ Yahgie said...

Oh so sinful. But so worth it!

Rose&Thorn said...

Okay, this is getting more difficult now - what to choose? I love them all, just don't have the time to bake them all before we leave for our summer holiday!
Have to finish baking in the New Year!