Friday, 7 December 2012

Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies...

I'm usually utterly terrible at making cookies and gave up after my last attempted resulted in frothy, caramelised gunk!

It's Christmas though, and that does mean homemade cookies. Chocolate and Hazelnut was requested, and this is the result.

Yummy, perfectly round and just the right amount of sweetness!

This should make 2 dozen good sized cookies (I halved mine!)
1/2 cup of unsalted soft butter
1 1/2 cup of sugar (I use granulated white just fine)
2 eggs
2 capfulls of vanilla essence (not much needed!)
2 1/4 cups of plain flour
1 tsp of Bicarb of Soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 cup of hazelnuts (use 50g of whole and smash 'em!)
100g of Chocolate Chips (Dark/Milk/White)

Add in cranberries if you like, which go great with white chocolate, or orange zest and dark chocolate? Yum!

Preheat the oven to 170C, get your sheet ready, preferably use a non-stick! (Poundshops/Wilkinsons, etc have these super cheap!)

Mix your wet ingredients first. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the eggs and vanilla, continuously stirring. I used a balloon whisk for this stage. 

In a separate bowl get your dry ingredients ready. Combine the flour, bicarb of soda, and salt.

Sieve your dry ingredients into the wet, and incorporate with a spoon. It'll start to come together and make a nice dough, you can then add in your chocolate chips, hazelnuts, whatever else. 

Take two tablespoons, using one to scoop up some yummy cookie dough, and the other to put it onto the baking sheet. Don't put too much on, about a pingpong ball size. 

Use a fork to squash them down.

Bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes, until they start to crack on the top. 
Open the oven and let them cool (I didn't use a cooling rack and they turned out great!)

Hope you enjoy! And let me know what variations you do! 

I'm going to chop up some candy canes and use them next! 
Who doesn't love peppermint at christmas?


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