I found a wonderful Hazelnut Tea Cookie recipe in this great food blog called Emmycooks. I love a good cookie, especially ones I can eat while sipping a good cup of tea. I also really, really, really like Nutella. It’s smooth velvety chocolate and rich hazelnut flavor is to die for. It’s a standard “staple” at our house along with fresh ground peanut butter (so I can make a variety of Thai and Indonesian sauces and put it on my toast too). You know what I had to do with this Hazelnut Tea Cookie recipe, I had to “Nutella-fy” it. So now you have a choice, you can make the delightful original recipe from Emmy’s blog or you can also try this version. It’s a win-win.
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate-dipped Hazelnut and Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies
1 stick of butter (1/4 pound or 8 tablespoons), softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup AP flour
1 cup finely chopped Hazelnuts (toasting them really helps with the flavor)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (for melting and dipping)
1 tsp vegetable oil
In a food processor finely chop Hazelnuts to yield one cup. Put in a microwave safe plate or dish and microwave for 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or so until nicely toasted. This intensifies the hazelnut flavor.
Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add in egg, salt, soda and incorporate well. Slowly add in the flour and mix well. Hand stir in the toasted hazelnuts and mini chocolate chips to the batter and drop by scoopfuls on to a Silpat lined or Parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on a cooling rack.
In a heat safe bowl melt semi sweet chocolate chips with the vegetable oil over a double broiler (basically another pan with 1 1/2 inches of water in it that is heated up so the steam melts the chocolate, this is safer for the chocolate so it doesn’t burn, make the sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water). When chocolate is melted place each cookie bottom side down in the chocolate to coat it well. Place the cookie on a cooling rack with the chocolate side up. When all the cookies are coated place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Serve with hot tea or coffee.