hazelnut espresso cookies in chocolate

Just four more sleeps!

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Can you believe Christmas is this week?!? Even more hard to believe, it was November 30th when I last made a post! (A thousand apologies) I honestly don’t know where the last three weeks have gone. I had a plan, I was organized, I was all set…and then I lost my head in the holiday games.

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I know it’s a crazy time of year but I hope you’re all keeping your cool and enjoying the season to the fullest. One of the nice traditions I look forward to is a cookie swap with a small circle of family and friends. This year, I made these Hazelnut Espresso Cookies in Chocolate. They were “okay”…and by “okay” I mean they won “Best Cookie for 2015” at our swap! Thank you, thank you, please stop, no go on! 😉

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Chocolate + Coffee? Pretty much my favourite combination on earth. We’ve been down this path before. Remember the Cappuccino Crinkle Cookies from October? It’s a combination that you just can’t go wrong with. Assuming you like chocolate…and coffee…in cookie form, and who doesn’t right?

Hazelnut Espresso Fingers in Chocolate | TetaLizza.com

I made these cookies on a Saturday morning and the aroma alone had me buzzing all day. One bite and you’re smacked with a delicious combo of flavors. The ground hazelnuts with their nutty toasted crunch, the jolt of espresso, the slight contrast of salt, and the rich, smooth blanket of chocolate. Each time I make them I am impressed all over again.

Hazelnut Espresso Fingers in Chocolate | TetaLizza.com

If you’re looking to whip up a batch of something different, these Hazelnut Espresso Cookies are a beautiful addition to your holiday plate. How are you making out with your list of gifts and to-do’s? I’ve got a few more checkmarks to go but I have no doubt, that just like every year before, it’ll all come together in time. Nothing a shot of espresso…or a Hazelnut Espresso Cookie…can’t fix!

enjoy | liz | xo

hazelnut espresso cookies in chocolate
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
9 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
9 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups freshly ground hazelnuts
  2. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  3. 2/3 cup sugar
  4. 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 12 oz of semi-sweet chocolate
  9. 2 tsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in espresso powder and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and combine. Stir in hazelnuts.
  5. Using a 1 tbsp scoop, rolls balls of dough then flatting using the bottom of a class dipped in flour. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  7. Store in an airtight container in a cool place with wax paper between layers.
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