Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, October 28, 2009

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Giada’s always using Nutella on her show, it’s like she knows how addicting it is and just sticks it in everything so more people try her recipes. That nerve!

Okay, Giada, I’m just kidding. Please don’t be mad. We love Nutella and will make whatever you decide to put it in with smiles on our faces. And a little chocolate on our chin.


Today’s recipe is Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches, minus the smooch for us. (I’ll get to that in a second.) I saw her making these on Everyday Italian this week and thought they’d be a fun Halloween cookie to make with my daughter. We followed the recipe closely, only one modification, leaving out the chocolate kisses on top, which means we baked the cookies for 11 minutes straight. I just didn’t feel like smooches on our cookies this time around. My daughter, Ava, and I had so much fun making these. (She got to roll them in the sugar and lick her fingers afterwards. Yum.)

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I won’t leave you in suspense. These are awesome. The sugar coating provides a fun crunch to the cookie, but they are still chewy in the middle. Such a perfect balance of texture, and the taste is delicious. How could it not be with yummy Nutella goodness inside?

When I told my husband what we were baking today, he was less than excited. But I brought him a sample anyways, and he took a bite with an apprehensive look on his face. I’m not exactly sure what look was on his face while he continued to eat a few more cookies, but, you get the picture. These are good, even for the toughest critic.

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