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Big Black Dog: Hazelnut-Butter Cookies with Mini Chocolate Chips

December 2, 2009

Hazelnut-Butter Cookies with Mini Chocolate Chips


Hmmmm....a new baking group is forming. And the plan is to make 12 different Christmas Cookies and post on 12 consecutive days. I want to play but........

Let me introduce you to some friends of mine, Ms. Push and Mr. Pull.

Push: I want to join the 12-Days of Christmas Cookies Extravaganza!

Pull: Michelle do you really need another thing to pile onto the load you're carrying? I mean really, don't you think you have enough in your life? And you do not need 12 different batches of Christmas Cookies..now do you? And remember that job you have...the one where you make no money?

Push: Well, come to think of it, I love making Christmas Cookies and making cookies does not take that much time. And besides I already have most of the ingredients in my pantry. So what's the problem? And about the job...why am I working for no money?

Pull: Let me just say that I only have your best interest at heart. And since you apparently want a list, for one thing you've done absolutely no Christmas shopping yet! And the cats only have a day or so of food left. The windows are getting awfully grimy and for crying out loud you have not even hung the artwork in the living room yet. As for the job, YOU own the company, right?

Push: Let's see...the artwork can wait, I'm the only one that goes into the living room anyway so what's the diff? And it's almost winter and no one's looking out the windows again until at least March. My cats are working cats and there's plenty of mice in our pastures and I can do my Christmas Shopping at Amazon. And since I own the company, I guess it's none of your business!

It was a tough decision but I knew that the cookies would prevail. They always do.



Let the cookie baking begin!



OH I had so much fun deciding what cookies I will make from the wonderful list at Bon Appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Collection.

I had my recipe selection all done and printed out and then discovered that I had chosen 15 recipes instead of the 12 I needed. I let Mr. Tastebud's do the final elimination and I also let him pick the first cookie. Of course he picked the recipe that closely resembled Chocolate Chip Cookies being he's a Chocolate Chip fanatic to the point where I have to hide my bags of baking bits! Well he hides his socks so I can't wear them, so I don't feel guilty at all hiding my chocolate chips! What's with men and their socks any way?

I made this recipe exactly as written except I added some of the swirled chips to give the cookies some spark. And since the cookies were sort of plain looking I did roll them in Coarse Raw Sugar which gave them a nice Christmas sparkle! I loved the Hazelnut Butter in these cookies! It added just enough flavor to make the cookies unique and I will definitely be buying more of the nut butters with Almond and Pecan next on my list to try!



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Hazelnut-Butter Cookies with Mini Chocolate Chips
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Collection

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup creamy unsalted hazelnut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce package semisweet mini chocolate chips (2 cups)

My Additions:
1/4 cup Swirled Chocolate Chips
Coarse Raw Sugar to roll the cookies in before baking.

Sift first 4 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter, hazelnut butter, and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before shaping.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using 1 level tablespoon for each cookie, roll dough between palms of hands into 1-inch balls. Arrange 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets on racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 5 days ahead. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper at room temperature.



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Please visit the rest of our 12-DaysofCookies Crew and see what they've baked today!

Andrea of Andrea's Recipes.(honorary member and our founder but not participating this year)
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks<--Glamorous Courtney
Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook
Judy of No Fear Entertaining
Kelly of Sass & Veracity<--Sweet Kelly
Michelle of BigBlackDog <--Hey that's ME!
RJ of Flamingo Musings<--Feathered Friend Renee
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project




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15 Comments:

Blogger Pam said...

You are seriously wonder woman!

December 2, 2009 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

The conversation in your head sounds exactly like the one I had - get out of my head, woman!

These look fabulous - you really have the touch to make a chocolate chip cookie sparkle for the holidays. :-)

December 2, 2009 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

The conversation in your head sounds exactly like the one I had - get out of my head, woman!

These look fabulous - you really have the touch to make a chocolate chip cookie sparkle for the holidays. :-)

December 2, 2009 at 6:30 AM  
Anonymous katrina said...

Good lord! Those look delicious! Now, Ms. Push/Pull, let's see if I can remember to buy hazelnuts today.

December 2, 2009 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Judy@nofearentertaining said...

I have that same conversation A LOT!!! Love those cookies and glad you could join us this year!

December 2, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Great post. =) I think we all had a similar conversation with ourselves. And the cookies look delicious--I've never made anything with hazelnut butter.

December 2, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

LMAO Love the push and pull ;) The cookies look fantastic! I've been thinking about joining that too, but I can't seem to catch up after Thanksgiving!

December 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

Those look great...glad the cookie part of the conversation won!

December 2, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I bet your friends Ms Push and Mr. Pull would get along dandy with my little angels. Arch and Fallen.
I say give them a cookie to shut them up! ;)They look excellent!

December 2, 2009 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

how fun!! I wish I could participate in this fun group but work makes it impossible unless I stayed up till midnight every night to bake cookies and my family would think I had finally lost my last marble. LOL these cookies look so good! I love hazelnut

December 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Welcome aboard! I love these which i posted today. I definatley see other nut butters that can be used. Glad you joined us in the cookie madness.

December 2, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

Yum! These cookies look so good!

December 2, 2009 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Helen in CA said...

Where oh where did you ever find Hazlenut Butter (oh yum!)

After these cookies.....I can see something w/ Nutella looming in the horizon.

December 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

L O to the V E anything Hazelnut. Then you go and add my mini chips! Am in LOVE!

December 2, 2009 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Loved the little debate! You are so funny. The cookies are beautiful. I have to hid baking chips around here as well...teenage boys can eat them by the bagful if I don't. In case you are here and you need some, they are in the tins in the pantry that line the top of the shelves which say, "Christmas tins" as they think those are just for cookies at Christmas time. The actual cookies I bake in and freeze for Christmas are in the freezer in boxes marked "Chicken parts for stock and stew." They never open those boxes...ever. I think my favorite part about this cookie thing is getting to see all your gorgeous dishware that you display them on!

December 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

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