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Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on February 3, 2014 · 5 comments

If chocolate and mocha flavored hazelnut spreads weren’t enough, Jif’s introduced a new flavor. It’s called “Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Flavored Spread” and it is fantastic! I obtained mine via a free sample, but I hope to see it in the grocery store soon so I can buy another jar. Especially since it’s the key ingredient in my new favorite cookie.

Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Flavored

The original recipe was developed using Jif’s regular or mocha flavor, but the salted caramel flavor worked perfectly and the cookies were absolutely lovely with tons of crinkles and folds and an irresistible texture that was both crunchy and chewy. I made half the recipe as drop cookies and half the recipe as bars. The bars were good, but the cookies were better due to the great texture (shortening is key). I also used walnuts instead of hazelnuts and despite breaking the hazelnut “theme”, the cookies were still incredible. The spread is good by itself, too. It’s a tiny bit salty (but not overly so) and you really can taste the caramel.

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 3/4 stick Crisco® (3/4 cup or 144 grams if you weight it), I used regular
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar (245 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (whole)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Jif® Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (8 oz or 224 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I probably used more)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts or toasted walnuts (I used walnuts)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and have ready two foil lined or ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg and chocolate hazelnut flavored spread (I did this all with a spoon — no mixer).
  3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely. I made my cookies a bit larger so they took at least 12 minutes and I did not get nearly 48.
Notes
To make as bar cookies, preheat oven to 375ºF. Follow recipe above to prepare dough. Spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with no-stick cooking spray. Spread dough evenly in pan. Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and center feels slightly firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Make a chocolate drizzle — place 3/4 cup semi-sweet chips with 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening in a resealable plastic bag; seal. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute; knead bag. Continue in 10 seconds intervals, if necessary, until melted. Clip off corner of bag. Drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies or bars.
Published on February 3, 2014

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Jen February 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’ve been craving salted caramel everything recently so I am excited to try this. Once I find some, the first thing I will make will be these cookies.

KAnn February 4, 2014 at 2:19 am

Those are really beautiful looking cookies, Anna!

Darlene February 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

Gosh, that flavor combination hits every craving possible. I know I would love these.

Emily February 5, 2014 at 12:39 am

These look amaaazing! So do the black and whites.

Katrina February 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Mmmm, this is the kind of cookie I miss. It’s easy to find alternatives, I just don’t have time right now to make myself treats. ;)

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