For the last 2 years I have been chatting with a wonderful group of girls online. The one thing that brought us together – we were all married in May 2008. These girls are just wonderful! We’re all going through the same ups and downs of newleywed-dom together and it’s so nice to chat with them every week.
This year we decided to do a sweet treat exchange before the holiday season began. Using Elfster, names were drawn and we went along our merry way, baking up a storm.
I have a new found love for Nutella, so I decided to make these cookies (from Visions of Sugarplums) for my secret sweet treat exchange gal. Of course I had to taste test one of the cookies when they came out…just to make sure they were OK. And they were! Not too sweet and slightly crunchy. I sure hope she likes them!
One note – these cookies spread out a lot! Make sure to leave plenty of room in between cookies before baking.
1/2C. Unsalted Butter
2oz. Unsweetened Chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/3C. Granulated Sugar
1 3/4C. All-purpose flour
1t. Baking Soda
2 Large Eggs
2t. Vanilla Extract
1C. Coarsely Chopped Hazelnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook butter, whisking frequently, until it turns golden brown and foams, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate until melted. Place sugar in a large mixing bowl; add butter-chocolate mixture, and beat using a mixer on medium speed, until well combined and grainy – about 2 minutes.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Beat Nutella, eggs and vanilla into sugar mixture, until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined; stir in hazelnuts until combined.
Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, place on cookie sheets, and flatten slightly using palms of hands. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until set and slightly crisp. Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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