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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Triple Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

It's been a long time since I've shared a recipe! For you chocolate lovers, these cookies fit the bill perfectly. They're a cinch to make and will leave your chocolate-loving heart so, so happy. Promise! This dough is a little different and is made in a saucepan on the stove top instead of using a mixer.

Here's What You Need

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or a combination of semi and dark), divided
1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
splash vanilla extract
2/3 cup hazelnuts (walnuts are fine, too)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda

Here's What You Do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and soda; set aside

Pour 1 cup chocolate chips into heavy-duty saucepan on low heat; add butter, stirring until melted and smooth. (About 5 minutes) Remove from heat and add sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla extract, stirring together until smooth. Carefully add the flour mixture, stirring together again. The cookie dough will be thick, don't over-beat.

Add remaining chocolate chips and hazelnuts; stir gently.

Normally I use a cookie scoop for the dough, but it won't work well with this recipe. Simply use a spoon to drop dough onto a parchment-paper lined/greased pan; bake for 8-10 minutes, taking care not to over-bake; centers will be puffy and soft. Let sit for a minute or two on the cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

it was snowstorm central here, very dark, but the perfect day for quick and easy cookies!
this is about the size the dough should be- it doesn't need to be flattened prior to baking

The end result is a chewy, fudgy, brownie-like chocolate cookie with hints of hazelnut. Sometimes, nuts are necessary in a recipe for added moisture, to keep a cookie from becoming too dry, but if you prefer to omit nuts, I don't think it will be a problem here. Also, one of my boys is not a fan of hazelnuts and has asked that I use walnuts instead next time. It's all up to you and what you prefer. But make these! You will love them!

this recipe was adapted from my treasured
 Nestle Toll House Best-Ever Cookies Recipe Book
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