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Chocolate Orange with Hazelnuts Cookies

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Ingredients

1-3/4 cup (210 g) All purpose flour
3/4 cup (63 g) Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp (3 g) Baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 g) Baking powder
12 TBSP (1-1/2 sticks softened) Butter unsalted
1/2 cup (99 g) Sugar white
1 cup (213 g) Light brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 TBSP (1 orange) Orange juice fresh
2 TBSP (1 orange) Orange zest
1 cup + topping Hazelnuts
2 Eggs
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt

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Chocolate Orange with Hazelnuts Cookies

This recipe makes 3-1/2 dozen using a small cookie scoop

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Chocolate cookies have always been my happy cookie type. This was no surprise to me that I was hungry for a creative good chocolate cookie.

Having decided that chocolate was going to be my feature flavor, what do I put with it? I love the taste of oranges in the summer. Doing research and reading that chocolate and oranges go well together; it was a match. It only seems fitting that a nut joins the party in the making of this cookie. Of course, walnuts are always a crowd pleaser, but I wanted something different and not the same old same old type of nut.

Hazelnuts are a nut that I googled for more information. I found a web site (Medical News Today) that gives the eight benefits of eating hazelnut. The one advantage that I choose to zero in on was reducing weight gain. I love cookies way too much.

I have a few other chocolate cookies you may like to try:

Bite Size Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

My Favorite Cream Cheese Chocolate Cookies

So make someone happy in your home this weekend and bake a chocolate cookie. It will put a smile on someone’s face.

 

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Steps

1
Done

Zest 1 orange into a bowl and set aside. Cut the orange in half and juice each half into a separate bowl and set it aside. Weigh or measure into a medium bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder, then run a whisk through to blend. Set this bowl aside. In a small bowl, weigh (I use a My Weight K-8000) or measure your white and light brown sugars and set this bowl aside.

2
Done

In a stand (I love my KitchenAid) or a handheld mixer and blend the butter and sugars for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and incorporate. Next, add one egg at a time and blend till smooth.

3
Done

Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add the flour mixture to the bowl till all the flour is blended in. Stop the mixer and add the hazelnuts and turn the mixer back on for about 30 seconds or so to get the hazelnuts mixed into the batter. Cover and put into the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes.

4
Done

Preheat your oven to 350° and line 2 cookie pans with parchment paper. (I have not cooked these cookies with silicone mats so not sure how they will turn out.) I use a OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop Small because I like small cookies that are easy to handle, but you can make bigger ones but add a minute or two to the baking time. I add a few hazelnuts to the top and press in slightly.

5
Done

Put into the oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Watch for them to start to crack on the top just a little then pull them out. Leave them on the pan for a minute or two before moving them to the cooling rack.

Barbara

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