Friday, September 27, 2013

Malted Hazelnut & Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, Plus a Giveaway!



Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. Back home in Oregon, the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold. The air has an edge to it, a clean crispness that's strikingly dry considering the amount of moisture in the air. The clouds come in and the rain washes away the dust and business of summer. Everything becomes calm. It is a time for warmth, for nesting, and for me, a time to borrow deeply into the corners of my kitchen.


This past week marked the official start of fall in my home (i.e. I actually had to turn on my space heater) and my excitement at the brief burst of cool weather resulted in a bounty of autumn harvest vegetables filling up my cupboards, as well as a mini-tidal wave of pumpkin-flavored seasonal treats on our table.

So just as a forewarning, there are going to be a lot of posts involving squash over the next month.


But today I am going to talk about another product of the fall, and that is the rich and buttery hazelnut. Plain, its flavor has a bitter edge to it, but when roasted, it softens up and turns into a mellow, warm, and deliciously fatty little friend. So when I was approached to make a recipe from Carey Jones & Robyn Lenzis' new cookbook, Chocolate Chip Cookies: Dozens of Recipes for Reinterpreted Favorites, I knew which recipe I was going to make as soon as I read the words "roasted hazelnut" and "nutella" (although with chocolate chip cookie flavors like salty pretzel, olive oil sea salt, and boozy bourbon, there was some tough competition on the playing field). But I was also intrigued by the use of malted milk powder, which I've read a lot about in cookbooks but had never actually used. If you're unfamiliar with malted milk powder, you may recognize it as the powder they use to flavor milkshakes to their "malted" form, or in the candy "whoppers", whose crispy centers are pretty much straight malted milk powder and sugar. Basically, malted milk powder has a slightly nutty taste to it that is creamy and rich at the same time, so it adds a really interesting flavor profile to baked goods.


Now, I am going to let you in on a secret: something magical happens when nutella, roasted hazelnuts, malted milk powder, and chocolate chip cookies combine. Honestly, magical. The flavor goes beyond what "tasting good" means, the ingredients coalesce in a way that puts all the other cookies I've had to shame. It's the warmest, nuttiest, chocolatiest cookie you could imagine. And you don't have to just imagine it, you guys. It's real. I tasted it! And it tasted like sweet pure cookie-fection.



And luckily for us, the kind folks at Chronicle Books have decided to share a copy of this magical book with three of you. Huzzah!!! Three cheers for cookies!!!!

To enter, please use the widget below, the entry period ends on Friday October 11th at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Best of luck and a happy autumn to you all!


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Note: Makes about 30 Cookies

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup malted milk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, such as nutella
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, skinned and chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahnreheit. Arrange the oven racks into thirds and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Whisk together the flour, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended in a medium-sized bowl.


Cream together the butter and both sugars in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment at medium speed until smooth (about 1 minute). Add the hazelnut chocolate spread and mix until combined. Add the egg and the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then add the flour mixture at low speed until it is just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.


Stir in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts until evenly distributed (a couple stirs). Take tablespoons of dough and drop them onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them out about 2 inches from each other, until the sheets are full.


Bake in the oven for 13 minutes for a softer cookie, and 15 minutes for a crisper cookie. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Kept in an airtight container at room temperature, the cookies will keep for 2 to 3 days.




84 comments:

  1. Those cookies look amazing!!
    For me, my fav fall treat has to be pumpkin muffins!

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  2. Looooove these! Nutella in cookies is sooo fabulous. My favorite fall treat is cinnamon buns! I know they're a year round thing, but I crave them this time of year.

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  3. Malt is so wonderful. Can definitely understand the synergy with hazelnut and chocolate. Those look chewy-crispy too, yum.

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  4. I love homemade apple cider. So yummy.

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  5. Definitely pumpkin bread, but cookies are not so far behind!
    shannonc at jhu dot edu

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  6. I've been waiting for this book to come out!! Lovely photos :-)

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  7. I love making my mom's pumpkin bars this time of year. I also crave apples dipped in homemade caramel.

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  8. I love malt anything, and hazelnuts too. And this book looks awesome!

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  9. Fall means chilies to me-specifically green chilies. Any which way I can get them! Followed by these cookies. Any which way I can get them!

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  10. Hi! That book (and the recipe you shared) LOOKS AWESOME!!!

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  11. These cookies sound so good! I've never baked with malt powder before (although at my first job I certainly made a LOT of malted milkshakes) but now I'm definitely intrigued. Must try!

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  12. Oh, my! Do these sound decadent!!! I can wait to try them.

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  13. Leslie:
    While in the fall, I want savory soups, these cookies look amazing.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  14. These look and sound SO mouth-watering. I'm a big fan of both fall and hazelnuts too, and I love pretty much anything with malted milk powder.

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  15. Wow! Amazing!! My fav fall treat is my mom's rum cake.

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  16. my favorite autumn seasonal treat is a caramel apple. With lots peanuts :) My mouth is watering now :)

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  17. Always looking for good cookies to send to the three we have in college. I'm looking forward to butternut squash soup.

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  18. Cookies look amazing! I would say apple pie.

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  19. These cookies look fantastic! I love warm apple crisp...a la mode of course.

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  20. My favorite fall treat are pumpkin muffins stuffed with a cream cheese filling!

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  21. for me, roasted root veges glazed with some maple syrup are the ultimate fall treat. these cookies just may replace that, tho!

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  22. apple, pear and cranberry crisp topped with frozen yogurt :)

    fruitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

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  23. These cookies and your pictures are stunning. I can't wait to try these out some time soon.

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  25. These look great! I always love a good pecan pie in fall

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  26. You are seriously killing me with these gorgeous cookies!

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  27. I want to try these so soon! Yum!!

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  28. Your pictures are gorgeous! and YUM COOKIES :)

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  29. Oh my gosh, these sounds like heaven. Fall is hands down my favorite food season. I'm giddy with thoughts of finally having my kitchen up and running for roasts and stews and squash in all shapes and sizes. If I had to pick just one fall treat that makes me melt, I would have to say apple butter cinnamon rolls. Okay, two....pumpkin spiced pancakes. Oh my gosh, pumpkin in anything.....

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  30. Definitely my mom's spiced pecans! They are so perfect!

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  31. Nothing beats a good apple pie! My, those cookies look so yummy!

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  32. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Your photos are stunning. You are incredibly talented.
    I'm a new follower, and so happy that I found you.
    Have a beautiful week,
    Suzanne

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  33. My favorite seasonal treat is nothing original, pie! These cookies look so decadent I am dying to get a bite :)

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  34. I look forward to pumpkin pie every year! I'm pretty traditional.

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  35. My favorite is pumpkin pie. Mmmm.

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  36. Oh, these look amazing! I just had pumpkin ice cream last night - one of my favorite early fall treats - and I'm thinking this would also make a delicious ice cream flavor!

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  37. This is the book of all books! These cookies look delicious!

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  38. Evaaaa!!!

    For some reason I keep forgetting to comment on your posts (like the maple pecan squash bars - what even... those are my JAM!!) so I have to first say (super, mega late)
    congratulations on your wedding!! I saw all your wedding-y photos on Insta and it looked gorgeous! so YAY :)

    now to this post! I am getting ridiculously into autumnal foods. I just had this weekend where I made about 3 different pumpkin baked things. The weather here is being annoying though, one minute it's super cold, then it's dress weather again (I just want to wear my jumper and scarf, man.) So I'm excited to see what squash recipes you'll be posting. I always love adding malt powder when I'm baking (in fact I have a fave malty pumpkin bread recipe hahah) but haven't tried it in cookies before. I can just imagine how well it must pair with the nutella, hazelnuts and chocolate in these cookies. *mental note to make them very very soon*

    Stunning pictures as usual too ;) x

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  39. I'm a sucker for pumpkin bars, but I also adore making triple ginger cookies in fall! Perfect with hot cider!

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  40. beautiful ... my space heater is blasting away under my desk and i love it! yay for autumn.

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  41. I love how fall brings all things pumpkin. Some of my faves are pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, and a pumpkin spice latte. :)

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  42. Yum! Those cookies look great! I love pumpkin bread in the fall.

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  43. This recipe looks amazing! Can't wait to try! I'm also looking forward to making Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars; so perfect for autumn =)

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  44. Your photography is gorgeous! And I just bought a new bag of malt powder, so these cookies are at the top of my list.

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    1. Yes very good photography what kind of camera do you use?

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  45. I love making cookies - this book looks like great inspiration!

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  46. Win Win Winner! The cookiemonsters will be so happy!

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  47. These pictures are pure perfection, so beautiful and such a yummy recipe I have to try it!

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  48. i can't really pinpoint a favorite fall treat, but apples would undoubtedly be involved.

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  49. Although white chocolate chips are not usually something associated with fall, my favorite autumn seasonal treat is getting the white chocolate chips at Trader Joes. They are better than most white chocolate chips I've tried. Unfortunately, Trader Joes doesn't carry them year round and I always anticipate the fall season because that's when the white chocolate chips return to the stores.

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  50. Cider donuts after a long day of apple picking! Though all fall treats are pretty top notch. Pumpkin pie, tarte tatin, pecan pie, even candy corn...

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  51. This cookie recipe sound like a melody to my ears and a fairy-tale to my mouth! Challenge accepted! Me and my oven are warming up for these beauties. ;)

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  52. Oh yes, I have a question: in case I don't find a malted milk powder, can I simply switch to an ordinary milk powder? The thing is that I don't live in the States, so I'm not sure I will find malted milk powder. Thank you for your answer. :)

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  53. They look SO delicious! I haven't been able to find malted milk powder, but when I do these are definitely going to happen!

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  54. My favorite fall recipe is cinnamon apple pancakes!

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  55. My favorite fall treat would be sweet potato casserole - yum!! [I'm Miranda on rafflecopter].

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  57. It's fall! Make apple pie!
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

    sorry about the delete above.

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  58. Ah! This is a tough one considering how much I love fall and loved baked goods, but I guess I'm going to have to go with the classic pumpkin pie...

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  59. It's fall and for some reason my mind turns to rice crispy treats. I've been craving them for days...

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  60. My favorite autumn season treat would be anything with pumpkin...but also caramel apples. mmm. Now I'm hungry! Thanks for the chance!

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  61. I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

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  62. Pumpkin pie , sweet potato pie and apple pie.

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  63. I like old fashioned apple pie.

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  64. I am so lucky to have found this recipe! These cookies look like heaven! As for me, my favorite fall treat has got to be candied apples. They've been a huge part of my autumns as a child and bring back so much sweet nostalgia biting into one!

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  65. I love anything with pumpkin but I especially love pumpkin bread!

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  66. These cookies look delicious. My favorite is apple crisp with lots of delicious oatmeal topping.

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  67. Pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and dates - my favorite fall treat

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  68. I love pumpkin pie! And pumpkin pie cookies sound amazing

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  69. I love pumpkin pie - probably because I only make it once a year

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  70. It's a tie between apple cider doughnuts and my mom's pumpkin chocolate chip bars

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  71. Sweet potato cheesecake!! or egg nog anything!!

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  72. i love your blog so much. your photography is perfection Eva

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    1. Thank you so much Cristina! You are so sweet and I am so happy you're enjoying my blog :)

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  73. Have you ever tried to freeze these cookies? How long do you think they would last in the freezer?

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