hello Monday… it’s dreary and grey over here… and I am glad. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a concrete box of an office box and watched the last days of Summer pass you by. Over the weekend I made yet more cookies.. if I’m honest the peanut sandwich cookies tasted amazing.. but visually I felt they were kind of wack. So, I got back on the cookie horse and made these delicious chocolate and hazelnut cookies.
I spent the weekend being a bit sick and watching some Harry Potter… may sound sad but it was pretty awesome and chilled. Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince… the one where Dumbledore dies. Makes me tear up everytime. Ergh, stupid deatheaters. A favourite scene is when Ron absolutely kills it in the Quidditch trials. ahhh. good times!
For this recipe, rather than using cooking chocolate I used some old chocolate bars I had left over, but I think cooking chocolate is always the juiciest and gooeist when it comes to cookies, so I have substituted chocolate bars with cooking chocolate in the recipe.
225g unsalted butter
350g soft light brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
225g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
60g chopped hazelnuts (use a blender to chop whole ones)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy
3. Beat the eggs and then fold them into the butter/sugar mixture along with the vanilla extract
4. In a separate bowl, sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt and mix – add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and fold in completely.
5. Mix in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts
6. Form into ice cream size scoops and and place six on each baking tray – far enough apart that they have room to spread into cookie shape!
7. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes – until golden brown/slightly crispy on the outside but still soft in the middle – cookies harden when they cool, so don’t worry.. if they don’t seem hard enough.
8. Leave them to cool for about 5 minutes
9. Eat ’em warm! with milk!