These cookies started out as not very good scones. I’m a huge scone lover, though most people you share an elevator with will say muffins all-the-way. I like dense, crumbly scones made with so much cream, the crumb is almost cool on your palate. You know what I’m talking about?
Well, when you incorporate the amount of hazelnut meal needed to actually make scones taste like hazelnuts, the scone gets overly soft and fluffy. And very cookie-like. I piled the hazelnut scones o’ failure on a plate and set them to the side in the kitchen. Then, I made my afternoon cup of herbal tea (soooooo into nettle tea right now), and I grabbed a piece of failure to accompany it. As I dunked it into my tea, I realized that these hazelnuts wanted to be cookies, not scones, after all!
I buy the big one-pound bag of hazelnuts at Trader Joe’s. I thin they were $7 or so? I know hazelnuts everywhere else can be expensive, so if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby you might hit the internet for hazelnuts instead. (Why is TJ’s so affordable on so many items? I swear my local grocery store has pecans for $1 each.)
What can you do with the rest of the bag of hazelnuts? I’m so glad you asked! You can double this recipe, or or OR you can make yourself some nutella from scratch. I’ll get to work on homemade nutella and report back.
See the cracks in the cookie above? That means the insides are fluffy and chewy. And these little babes really taste like hazelnuts because they have finely ground nuts as part of the flour mixture and then a handful of chopped babies, too. I kinda think these are going to be on my Christmas cookie list this year!
With a drizzle of chocolate, of course.
Is it too early to talk about Christmas cookies? *It takes a scant half-cup of hazelnuts to make a 1/2 cup of hazelnut meal. Just pulse it in a food processor until a meal forms. Don't pulse too much, or you'll make hazelnut butter. But if you do, add chocolate and honey to make Nutella and call it a day :)
For the chocolate drizzle:
*It takes a scant half-cup of hazelnuts to make a 1/2 cup of hazelnut meal. Just pulse it in a food processor until a meal forms. Don't pulse too much, or you'll make hazelnut butter. But if you do, add chocolate and honey to make Nutella and call it a day :)