1.26.2011

Hazelnut Chewies


I have really enjoyed the great dessert ideas from America's Test Kitchen, Holiday Cookies 2010 Edition. These cookies were featured on the cover of the magazine, and instantly caught my eye. On top of that, when I saw they were made with Nutella and hazelnuts, I was convinced that my church family love would them!

To toast hazelnuts, spread the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Baked in 350-degree oven for 7-10 minutes until fragrant. This extra step intensifies the wonderful nuttiness in hazelnuts.

Then to remove the skin, rub cooled nuts between two clean kitchen towels.

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Dough is chilled and shaped into balls. Roll dough balls in chopped hazelnuts first, then in powder sugar. Baking a few different sizes of cookies, I felt that a little larger dough balls, the size of golf balls, looked prettier when baked.

With a nutty hazelnut taste and texture inside and out, these soft, chewy cookies will become a crowd pleaser.


Hazelnut Chewies

Makes about 3 dozens

3 cups (15 oz) of all-purpose, unbleached flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) Nutella spread
4 Tablespoon (2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups (9.3 oz) granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee
1/3 cup milk
2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, and chopped fine, divided
1 cup (4 oz) confectioners' sugar

1.Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl. Set aside.

2. In a medium size bowl using a hand mixer, mix softened butter, Nutella, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, espresso and mix until well incorporated. Reduce speed to low and alternate additions of flour mixture and milk. Mix until just combined, not over beat the dough. The dough will be thick. Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts. Cover and refrigerate dough for about 2 hours, up to 24 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Adjust oven rack to middle positions. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place remaining chopped nuts and confectioners' sugar in two separate bowls. working with chilled dough, roll into 1-1/2 inch balls (size of golf balls), roll in hazelnuts, then in confectioner's sugar.

4. Place balls 2-inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until just set, 8-12 minutes, depending on the oven. Do not over bake. Cool 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Make ahead tips: When baking these in large quantities, measure out dry and wet ingredients separately, label and store in refrigerator or dry storage until ready to bake; this will save you time and conversion errors.

Bag 1: Flour, baking powder, salt combined
Bag 2 : Butter & Nutella
Bag 3 : Granulated Sugar
Bag 4: Prepared hazelnuts
etc.




21 comments:

  1. Oh Nutella, how I do so love thee! These cookies look absolutely delightful! Can't wait to give this one a try.

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  2. Now I bet its pretty hard to stop at one of these Kay, I've got some hazelnuts in the pantry, just have to pick up some Nutella & I'd be good to go. Thanks for sharing these, they look wonderful.

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  3. would you believe, i have both hazelnuts AND nutella in my kitchen?!? but alas...no espresso powder. may i use instant coffee?

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  4. yum yum. hazelnuts are a staple in the netherlands. when it seems like every chocolate bar in America has either peanuts or almonds... here they always have hazelnuts. i've grown to really like them - a lot!

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  5. They look lke perfection to me, a super treat.

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  6. Such a delightful combination of flavors and textures--wow!

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  7. hazelnuts and nutella? How perfect is that combo? These cookies looks so good and stunning photography makes them look even better. simply delicious Kay!

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  8. Only 1 spread (peanut butter of course) do I love more than Nutella! YUM. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, I had something very similar to this in a cafe the other day and was trying to figure out how to reproduce it myself. Thanks, this is brilliant!

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  10. YUM
    I love nutella. These cookies look soo good!

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  11. Mmmm Nutella! These look wonderful : )

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  13. What beautiful cookies, Kay. With this delicious hazenut flavor they can only de delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This soft, chewy cookie looks so pretty and sounds delicious! I made some homemade Nutella before and the roasting hazelnuts smelled so good! I'd love to try this recipe. Did you know that February 5 is "World Nutella Day"? :)

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  15. Congrats twice! Once for having your cookies featured on TK, and for being a featured TK member! You deserve the honors :)

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  16. These look like my kind of cookie! Yum.

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  17. Wow!!! I love cookies, I love nutela and love hazelnut! So these cookies sounds like perfection to me!!!

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  18. These are just beautiful, Kay. I love the crackle on these cookies! And the sugar glaze!

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  19. I must have these cookies. I MUST HAVE THEM IMMEDIATELY.

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  20. America's Test Kitchen has the very best recipes, so I do not doubt these cookies are superb. I adore Nutella and the combination of chocolates and hazelnuts.

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