I’m trying to keep in mind that each day of this continued isolation brings us one day closer to it being over.
It helps a little, but gyms are still closed along with everything else. On the bright side I’ve been hiking and making time for lots of things I wouldn’t usually do. Also, I think I might be spending even more time in the kitchen than usual if that’s even possible.
If anything can help brighten the mood these days, it’s baking anything with chocolate. Cookies being probably the best choice in my personal opinion. Please tell me you love chocolate hazelnut butter as much as I do because these cookies will make you so happy if you do. They’re the perfect balance of rich dark chocolate, melt-in-your-mouth texture, melty chocolate chips, and crunchy hazelnuts.
So I realize these are still cookies and everything but I’d say they’re a bit healthier than other cookies. The base is chocolate hazelnut butter rather than oil or butter. They’re not overly sweet, they’re gluten free, and cocoa has tons of antioxidants. See? Basically a superfood, lol.
Alright, so maybe you shouldn’t base your nutrition around them. Hey, but they have good merits and we just need some cookies right now, okay? Unfortunately mainstream brands of chocolate hazelnut butter (Nutella) have dairy. So, if you have an intolerance or are vegan you’ll want to make sure you use a different brand or use Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Butter.
If you try these please let me know what you think (even if you hate them ;p). I love hearing from you!
Double Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies (Vegan+GF)
Nutella fans will flip over these simple, perfectly soft, ultra chocolatey cookies!
- 3/4 chocolate hazelnut butter if vegan or dairy intolerant do not use Nutella as it contains milk
- 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut milk you can use any dairy free milk here
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 3/4 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate be sure your brand is gf and vegan if necessary
- 3/4 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Stir the chocolate hazelnut butter and milk with sugar in bowl of stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
Scrape sides of bowl and add vanilla, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Add flour and cornstarch a little at a time and beat after each addition. Stir in chocolate and hazelnuts until combined.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment and roll dough into balls, about 1 inch in diameter, and place about an inch apart on baking sheet. Press the cookie dough balls down slightly to flatten and place tray in oven. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until the edges are golden.
Remove and cool for at least 5 minutes and enjoy.
You can buy Chocolate Hazelnut Butter without dairy here.