Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chocolate Hazelnut Chewies...

It's that time of year again!

You know......

...... when the baking extravaganza begins!

At least in my house anyway.

I told my husband that I was not going to bake as many goodies as I did last year. Just enough to hand out to co-workers, friends, and neighbors... with some left over for us.

Not too sure if that's going to happen, but it's worth a try! Got to ease up on that Christmas time weight gain...... ya hear me?

Anyway, these cookies are perfect for cookie swaps. I'll give you three reasons why:

1.) Chewy on the inside
2.) Chocolatey with a hint of hazelnut
3.) Addictive

What great reasons to make these a part of your baking regimen this Christmas!

Chocolate Hazelnut Chewies

  • 1-3/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Whole Egg, Room Temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Like Nutella
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Brewed Coffee, Cooled
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper for easy clean-up.

In a small bowl combine the flour, soda, and cocoa powder; whisk to combine, then set aside. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, granulated and brown sugars for a few minutes. Add the egg and combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add in the chocolate hazelnut spread. Lastly, add the vanilla and coffee and combine. 

Using a tablespoon or so, roll the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls. Place onto the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 minutes or until the chewies are done. Allow to cool a few minutes, then remove the chewies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Makes around 28 chewies.


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