Fresh hazelnut chocolate cookie recipe
Tuesday May 08th 2012, 11:02 pm
Filed under: Amaryllis,Food,Knit

The hawks haven’t (as far as I know) flown through any of the amaryllis stalks. Yet. The hummingbird did check them out but didn’t stay long.

The Malabrigo yarn in Solis: I finally finished it.

Oh wait, I realized, no I didn’t–those stretches of stockinette in the lace? The castoff curled there. Tink x 324, do k2tog, yo across and purl back and the only reason I didn’t do that in the first place is I didn’t think I had enough yarn. I did. Done! It is drying, and I can’t wait.

And that was going to be the whole post, till I went into the kitchen and saw the leftover toasted skinned hazelnuts in the fridge.

My usual peanut butter cookie recipe is one I discovered in an old hand-me-down cookbook given me in New Hampshire 25 years ago: one cup peanut butter, one cup sugar, one egg. (The Skippy type works best, the natural, not so much.) Great for celiacs. I do occasionally add a tbl of flour for a little bit of extra crispness at the edges, but it’s not necessary. 350, 8-10 min. That’s it.

What if…

So I buttered the cookie sheet. One cup hazelnuts into the Cuisinart. I let that run a long time, trying to get hazelnut butter, not meal, then added 2/3 c sugar, 1/4 c. cocoa, hmm… about 2 tbl butter, how ’bout a little more in there, possibly three, wasn’t measuring… 1 tbl flour just because, and 1 (extra large) egg. Trying to put teaspoonfuls of batter down, it was like sticky silly putty but soon settled down and behaved–ie, it held to itself rather than me after being on the cookie sheet a minute or so.

Which I figured out when I found some extra dark chocolate chips and pushed a half dozen into each cookie. Eight minutes at 350 again did the job, and there you go: the best cookie recipe I have ever come up with.

Toasting and skinning hazelnuts is a pain, but I totally just got over that.

(Ed. to add, if you prefer yours sweeter, go for the full cup of sugar.)

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YUM! That is inspired! I love chocolate hazelnut biscotti, Baci di dama, Nutella….you get the drift. Wish I could have one of your cookies but I’m going to have to make due with a spoonful of nutella.

Comment by LynnM 05.09.12 @ 4:50 am

Yummy Bites.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 05.09.12 @ 5:48 am

That peanut butter cookie recipe is the same one we got in my junior high home ec class oh so many years ago!

Comment by Barbara S. 05.09.12 @ 5:51 am

What a way to wait on a bit of lace to dry…

I’d like to go home now and make some cookies.

Comment by Channon 05.09.12 @ 6:18 am

yummy! — hazelnuts and chocolate just seem to go together

can’t wait to see a picture of the latest lace work

Comment by Bev 05.09.12 @ 8:38 am

Chocolate and hazelnuts. Yum.

Comment by RobinM 05.09.12 @ 11:33 am

You just described one of our favorite holiday cookies, with a big Hershey’s kiss in the center after you pull it from the oven. But fresh hazelnut butter instead – oh, my mouth is watering!

Comment by twinsetellen 05.09.12 @ 8:28 pm

I was wondering why I hadn’t seen this yesterday, and then I remembered — my schedule was completely off, starting instead of breakfast, but a fasting blood test for one of my many doctors. At any rate, you can send LynnM any hazelnut cookies you were saving for me ’cause I can’t have nuts. Oh, nuts!

Comment by Don Meyer 05.10.12 @ 9:00 am

Ooh, that sounds good. And I have some hazelnuts that a friend gave me in the freezer which I had no plans for….

Comment by RobinH 05.14.12 @ 8:16 am

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