The Miniature Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies from yesterday were so good that I decided to try making a chocolate-hazelnut version. While the texture is not as light as the peanut butter cookies, these cookies are very tasty and make good use of Nutella. Plus, they’re cute and perfect for Halloween.
To create this cookie, I used one of my favorite chocolate cookies (Tex Mex Chocolate Cookies) as a starting point. I cut the recipe half, used Nutella in place of half the butter, replaced the honey with more sugar and added hazelnuts in place of pecans. I also swapped out the natural cocoa for Dutch, and since Dutch cocoa is alkaline, I used baking powder (which is acidic) in place of soda. The cookies, possibly because of their size and the added Nutella, were dense and slightly crunchy – definitely not as soft as the original cookie, but with a great texture for “minis” and a slight hazelnut flavor which could be improved upon with the addition of hazelnut flavoring or actual hazelnuts. I also did a test to compare the texture when made with shortening vs. butter. In this case, the butter won. The cookies baked with shortening had a nice shape and were a bit crunchier, but I liked the flavor and slightly chewy centers of the ones made with butter.
- 1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened Dutch style cocoa powder or Hershey's Dark (which is Dutch)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt plus a tiny pinch (omit if using salted butter)
- 4 tablespoons (60 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature or 4 tablespoons (48 grams) butter flavored shortening
- 4 tablespoons Nutella (74 grams)
- 6 tablespoons (74 grams) granulated Sugar
- 1/3 cup (70 grams) packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts (optional)
- Halloween Sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt (if using) in a bowl and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat butter, Nutella and both sugars until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. By hand, stir in the flour mixture. When flour is incorporated, stir in the chips and nuts (if using). Using an even, packed 1/2 teaspoon, shape the dough into small balls and arrange about 20 to a sheet on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with Halloween sprinkles if using.
- Bake for 12 minutes, but keep an eye on them. My cookies always take 12 minutes, but ovens vary. Plus it's hard to tell when these guys are done because they're so dark.