Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Cookies
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined.
Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
Let me first say, that these cookies are not as hard as Biscotti cookies. They’re actually soft and very chewy in the middle. I can’t really taste the Nutella in it, but they tasted like chocolate. I had a chocolate hazelnut spread that I had bought awhile ago at the World Markets store in Minneapolis next to the Trader Joe’s I like to shop at there. Go figure, they had the nerve to go and close the store! That was a really neat store too. But, these cookies are really good! Second, I don’t know why these should have the word Biscotti in the name?? What was Giada thinking? Ha ha, just kidding. I’ve often wondered about some of her recipe titles. I’ve gotten to try all the recipes I have saved in my Food Network recipe box now from her. All of them were really good too. If you haven’t tried any of her recipes yet, try them! You’d be surprised.
I am patiently waiting for the books I ordered on amazon.com to get here. I ordered Julia Child’s the Art of French Cooking Volume 1 and The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I needed some new recipes to look at a book to read, and I can’t wait to cook recipes from Julia Child’s cookbook.