The Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies That Will Make You Forget Nutella

Chocolate hazelnut cookie

So I try to not eat any processed food in my house but sometimes it is hard. There are some products that are so delicious they defy explanation. I feel like nutella fits into that category. It's an ooey gooey spread that can add delight and flavor to almost anything. But it's also a long way from eating something 'real'. So I set out to find an alternative.

Really it's pretty simple if you're just looking for the flavors. Just combine hazelnuts and good chocolate. Easy peasy. The vehicle is really only needed so far as to keep it together. Sure, the ooey gooey is a great option but what about just a plain ole cakey cookie? 

Enter the Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies. They are addictive, not too sweet, and a crumbly texture that makes them hard to put down. Instead of trying to liquefy everything it leans into the texture of both the hazelnuts and the chocolate. You're tasting both so fully rather than hiding behind a whole lot of processing. 

And did I mention they take a grand total of 15 minutes to make? Yeah, you're welcome. Watch my video below - live, just to show you how easy it is -  or follow the recipe!

Makes 16 to 20 cookies

2 cups hazelnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil (or canola oil if you don't have it)
1/4 cup fine sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender combine the hazelnuts and chocolate chips and blend until almost completely fine. Add to a bowl with the flour, eggs, oil and sugar and combine. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the cookies in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes - they will still be soft when removed but they will firm up as they cool.