Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My hazelnut chocolate chunk cookies are full of flavor and have a very nice texture in each bite. I use hazelnut flour which gives this classic cookie recipe new dimension. The faint spice from the cinnamon enhances the hazelnuts and the flavors from the milk and dark chocolate chunks. Light and crispy, these cookies are delicious right out of the oven with a cold glass of milk, or can be enjoyed later with a hot cup of tea.

You'll need the following ingredients to make these yummy cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

11/2 C of hazelnut flour (I purchased my bag at Whole Foods)
1/2 C of flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
2/3 C of unsalted butter or shortening (I use a mix of both - equal parts)
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 3oz bars of chocolate chopped (one milk, one dark)

Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Cream butter/shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla together with electric mixer until smooth. With a wooden spoon add dry ingredients into batter, 1/3 at a time; stir well before introducing more of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Once the cookie dough is well blended, add in the chocolate chunks and stir until evenly distributed in the cookie dough.

Scoop cookie dough with a small ice cream scoop onto the cookie sheet. I prefer to use a silpat on my cookie sheets or parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!