Toasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate bake into buttery rounds, crisp on the edges, chewy in the center. They taste like Nutella, but better. Ground nuts replace four for a substantial nubby texture that is melt-in-your mouth light. Given the natural oils and sweetness, this dough needs less butter and sugar than most, so the taste of the chocolate shines. Recipe from Better Baking, courtesy of Chef Genevieve Ko

Ingredients


  • 1½ cups (219g) hazelnuts, toasted and skinned

  • ¼ cup (52g) granulated sugar 

  • ¼ cup (54g) packed light brown sugar 

  • ½ tsp baking powder 

  • ¼ tsp salt 

  • 4 tbsp (57g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 

  • 1 large egg, at room temperature 

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

  • ¾ cup (135g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Nutritional information

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Instructions


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. Pulse the hazelnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add both sugars, the baking powder, and salt and pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the egg and vanilla and pulse until thoroughly incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until evenly distributed; It’s OK if a few get chopped in the process. 

  3. Using a 1¼-inch (1½-tsp) cookie scoop or a teaspoon measure, drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto one of the prepared sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. 

  4. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 9 to 10 minutes. While the first batch bakes, drop the remaining dough on the second sheet, then bake after the first sheet comes out. 

  5. If the cookies don’t spread during baking, as soon as they come out of the oven, gently press the tops flat with the bottom of a glass. Cool completely on the sheet on a wire rack.

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