Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oatmeal Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies



It's been a while since I've made simple cookies. In fact now that I think about it, the last time I made them was in October for the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie post. Way too long ago. I finally decided to make some cookies to help empty my cupboards of their excess ingredients. And as it turns out, the contents of my cupboards consist mainly of hazelnuts and hazelnut-flavored extracts and spreads. Soooooo into the cookies they went! Chocolate and hazelnuts are one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations, so of course I poured chocolate chips into the mix too. Not original, I know, but it's usually the case that time-tested classics are classics for a reason. And this choco-hazel flavor combination is readily available in the delicious and notoriously rich spread, nutella, which I used in the cookie dough.


I am also one of those strange people who will always take an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie over a plain chocolate chip cookie, so in went the oatmeal. I used both old-fashioned oats and steel cut oats, which made for a slightly softer texture than regular oatmeal cookies that use only the whole old-fashioned oats. I really enjoyed it, it was kind of like a hybrid between a regular cookie and an oatmeal one. Soft at first, but with that signature oatmeal chewiness. But enough about the texture, let's talk about the taste. Friends, the chocolate, oatmeal, and hazelnuts reallly came together on this one. The dark bittersweet chocolate delicately complemented the slight bitterness of the raw hazelnuts and created a wonderful sweet-yet-bitter flavor that one usually comes across in incredibly rich and dark chocolate-y hot chocolate. An addicting combination, indeed. The entire time they were on my countertop I never just ate a single one in a sitting. And that, y'all, is a good thing.



(Also, just a reminder that you have until the end of the day on Friday to enter the little cocktail giveaway on my last post with the toasted coconut syrup and kiwi shrub.)

Makes about 38 Cookies.


Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 and 1/4 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
3/4 Cups Steel Cut Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Hazelnuts
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1 Cup Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Nutella
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Hazelnut Extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.  In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, hazelnuts, and oats until well blended. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the brown and granulated sugars, nutella, and butter in an electric mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment for 1 minute, then add the egg and continue mixing until the mixture just begins to look smooth and fluffed. Add the honey, vanilla extract, and hazelnut extract and mix until blended. Turn the speed down to low and add in the dry oatmeal mixture, mixing until it is just incorporated.


Turn off the mixer and stir in the chocolate chips. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough and place it on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, leaving at least 3 inches of space between dough mounds so they can spread when they bake.


Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies just begin to turn lightly golden brown around the edges. Remove and allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately, and cover any leftover cookies with plastic wrap to keep them nice and fresh!






26 comments:

  1. Absolutely a beautiful thing! =]

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  2. These look like seriously amazing cookies. Love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts and extra oatmeal for chewiness, delish!

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    1. Thanks so much! They really were quite tasty :)

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  3. These sound so good! I have gotten into putting oatmeal in a lot of my cookies. Oatmeal chocolate chip is always good (your Nutella version knocks it out of the park!), and I made peanut butter oatmeal cookies a couple of months ago and they blew my mind! I love the photos of the stacks of cookies--one batch of these babies would give me cookies for days. Cookies in general seem to be the forgotten child of food blogging--there are so many posts on cakes and cupcakes with all their frosting, sprinkles, and filling. There's certainly nothing wrong with that, but the humble cookie deserves some recognition, too!

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    1. Haha, I completely agree! Cookies are so simple-looking, but i is hard for a good cake to measure up to a good cookie in my book. I just love that they're portable and the only thing you need to eat them is your hands, perfect for picnics and packed lunches! :)

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  4. It's been a awhile since I baked some cookies! This looks crunchy and with oatmeal come less guilt ;)

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    1. Agreed! Whole oats are delicious and good for you. I'm not so sure about the other ingredients though haha :)

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  5. With you, girl! I love oatmeal cookies, all the way. And these look fantastic! :)

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  6. These cookies look so delicious and these pictures are amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.blogspot.com

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  7. Totally on the same page when it comes to preferring oatmeal chocolate chip cookies over plain chocolate chip! The fact that oatmeal + raisin is such a popular combination really upsets me, especially because it'll fool me sometimes and I'll bite into a delicious cookie expecting solid chocolate bits, and instead there's smushy raisins. >:( (Raisins: also one of my crazy food hates. My mom says that stems from the fact that she once bought a bag of raisins from a co-op that had apparently gone bad, and they made me really sick. GROSS.)

    These cookies sound SO good with the oatmeal + chocolate + hazelnut combo. PLUS nutella too! Awesomely yummy. :)

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    1. I feel the exact same way about raisins in cookies! They just get too dry and hard and chewy. I've begun to appreciate them in stews and cakes more though, I think my issue is that they need to be moist and juicy. I hate the feeling of them sticking to my molars, ickkkkk.

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  8. Your photos are captivating and those sound like wonderful cookies, love chocolate and hazelnuts together.

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  9. i'd hardly call these simple cookies--they have a complexity to them, to be sure! i'm with ya on the oatmeal, too. :)

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    1. Hahaha, that is true! Thank you very much Grace!

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  10. Oh my...I love the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate together. And I have to say, simple cookies are the best. I wish I can get my hands through the screen and grab a few of these cookies! :P

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  11. This is my first visit to your blog - it's gorgeous! So glad to have found it. And the cookies? Yum. Definitely going on my "must bake" list.

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    1. Fantastic! I am so glad you found it, and thank you for your kind words :)

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  12. These were so so yummy!! Thank you for posting this. I added it to my blog, linking back to yours, hope you don't mind!
    :)

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  13. The texture on these is amazing! Anything with Nutella is bound to be good : )

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  14. I made these last night! I didn't have hazelnut extract, so I used ~1 tbsp. amaretto instead of the vanilla & hazelnut extracts. Very good! I love the flavor. Mine got a little crispy because I made the cookies too large and it was hard to be convinced the middle was anywhere near cooked. Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. I'm making these for a memorial day pool party today. They sound delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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