dark chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

Nik Sharma

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hazelnut dark chocolate chip cookies

I have a not-so-secret love for the delicious fragrance of hazelnuts. My obsession with hazelnuts starts early in the morning when I need to have a cup of freshly ground hazelnut scented coffee beans brewing away, otherwise my coffee just doesn’t taste or smell as good. I once tried searching for hazelnut wood furniture in the hope that purchasing such furniture would make my house smell perfect, needless to say that didn’t work out. So clearly, why wouldn’t I make a hazelnut cookie to go with my hazelnut flavored coffee, it just made perfect sense (in my world).

dry ingredients

Everything about these cookies says dark, dark, dark! I used a very dark cocoa (if you want to go lighter in color then use the same amount of a regular unsweetened cocoa) with dark chocolate chips and a hint of browned butter all come together with the hazelnut flour to form a delicious crispy cookie. These cookies are also gluten-free so those of you with related allergies will enjoy them. I added a little hint of browned butter to bring out the nutty flavors of the hazelnuts, it gives them that extra little edge of flavor. 

cookie prep

Baking with nut flours is very different from using recipes that use grain flours as nuts are rich in fats, so you need to adjust the amounts of fats depending on the type of cookie you want. Since, I wanted a crispy cookie, I refrigerated the dough overnight. Here’s another tip, when it comes to storing nut flours and keep it fresh, keep them in an airtight bag refrigerated or frozen, bring it to room temperature before use so it won’t be clumpy. 

The wonderful folks at

Bob’s Red Mill

were extremely kind to send me some of their hazelnut meal to use in this recipe and they are also sponsoring a giveaway. I’m a huge fan of their products and use a lot of their grain and nut flours in my baking, their quality is fantastic and this hazelnut flour is no exception to their product line. You can smell the delicious fragrance of hazelnuts as soon as you open the bag, needless to say,  I fell in love with it immediately! Now you can try it out too, 

Bob’s Red Mill

is giving away a bag of their delicious Hazelnut Meal and a $20 gift card to their store. To enter the contest, all you need to do is follow the instructions on the widget at the end of this post. This contest will run from March 5th through March 12, 2014. Good luck! 


I did not receive any financial compensation from Bob’s Red Mill for this post and all opinions are my own unless stated otherwise.

dark chocolate chip hazelnut cookies

dark chocolate chip hazelnut cookies


12 cookies


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups (4 3/4 ounces) hazelnut meal(Bob’s Red Mill), at room temperature

1 cup (7 5/8 ounces) brown sugar 

1/4 cup (3 ounces) unsweetened dark cocoa (I used the extra dark cocoa from Hershey’s)

1/2 teaspoon dark roast instant coffee (optional)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 teaspoon madagascar vanilla bourbon extract

1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet dark chocolate chips

1. Place the unsalted butter in a small saucepan and heat on a medium-high flame for about 2-3 minutes or until the milk solids begin to turn reddish brown. Remove from stove and keep aside.

2. Whisk the hazelnut flour, sugar, cocoa, coffee, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt together in a large mixing bowl and keep aside.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla extract and browned butter. Make a well in the center of the  dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl and stir the whisked liquid into the whisked dry ingredients with a silicone spatula. Bring the ingredients together to form a ball of dough, wrap with cling film and refrigerate overnight. 

4. Preheat the oven to 350F and place a wire rack in the center of the oven.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll each of them into balls. Flatten each ball with the palms of your hands into approximately 2 inch discs. Space 6 cookies on each sheet about 1-2 inches apart from each other. Place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Bake one sheet at a time in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until the edges of the cookies start to get crisp, the center will be slightly soft to touch. Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through baking. Do not over bake the cookies as the chocolate will burn. Repeat with second sheet of cookies. Allow the baked cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve the cookies warm. 

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31 Responses

  1. They look wonderful and ever so tempting as well as addictive! A great flavor combo.



  2. These sound amazing! I'm also a fan of hazelnut (especially when combined with coffee and chocolate) AND I have hazelnut flour in my fridge waiting to be used. I guess I need to make these cookies!

  3. These are amazing. And I type this as I drink my hazelnut coffee this morning…No other flavor compares.

  4. These cookies are stunning, seriously, beautiful work. I've pinned them for inspiration.
    I'd LOVE to work with hazelnut flour. How have I never done that before??


  5. oh the textures – they are fabulous. you do have an eye for texture and colour combinations, i must say!

  6. I would definitely start using hazelnut meal to make these cookies (wow…!) I would also use it in a chocolate/pear/hazelnut muffin I've been meaning to try…

  7. My daddy loves hazelnut fudge..I am thinking I would use the meal as a crust and make a chocolate fudge like pie..an experiment..but, sounds good to me..thanks.

  8. I would love to make these cookies, and try the hazelnut meal in baking bread, in morning oatmeal, not quite sure, it's new to me!

  9. Hazelnuts and chocolate are a match made in heaven! I would definitely use the hazelnut meal to make these cookies.

  10. Make these cookies of course! And I can imagine they would taste great for making crepes or pancakes – given a slightly nutty and sweet taste,e specially when topped with chestnut cream!

  11. The first thing I would make using hazelnut meal is this cookie recipe. Then I have a collection of "to try" recipes with almond meal. Unfortunately I'm allergic to almonds, so I would use the hazelnut meal as a test substitute. 🙂

  12. Oh, I have always loved the combination of dark chocolate and hazelnuts. I am sure these cookies are delicious. Thanks for sharing, Nik!

  13. I love hazelnuts and can't wait to make this cookie! I use Bob's Red Mill products all the time. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

  14. I love hazelnuts and can't wait to try this cookie. I also use Bob's Red Mill products all the time! Thank you for this awesome giveaway 🙂

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